Despite they are on the brink of extinction, sea turtle slaughter is authorized in the RAAN

María Haydée Brenes y Néstor Téllez

END / Canal 11 – 08:37 – 18/07/2008

Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Regional Council has set the quota for marine sea turtles along the Northern Caribbean coast to be legally killed at five thousand. The quota attempts to diminish the ten to twelve thousand turtles killed in this region each year because of obsolete and ineffective legal action on the part of this region.

La matanza de tortugas autorizada por el Concejo Regional del Atlántico Norte para este año es de cinco mil especímenes, pues señalaron a medios de comunicación que con esta cuota pretenden disminuir las diez a doce mil tortugas que cada año son destazadas en los 40 mataderos legales, y un sinnúmero de mataderos ilegales existentes en esa ciudad.

However, it’s unknown what control the authorities really have, in particular, why the killings contradict the International Convention on Commerce for Endangered Flora and Fauna Species (CITES), the Nicaragua signed and ratified where marine turtles are found en appendix 1, in danger of extinction.

Despite CITES, there is hunting

Briefed on the situation, Juanita Argeñal, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, maintained that marine turtles in the Atlantic have been given special attention and that they’ve been the subject of many meetings with the regional governments.
Argeñal also confirmed that “There is an established season and quota (on hunting) for turtles, a quote that is due to decrease each year in the communities; this has come about on behalf of the Secretary for Natural Resources (SERENA).”

“We don’t have quotas for green turtles, it’s the olive ridley turtle that’s being taken advantage of, and we must be consistent with CITES concerted effort to continue to control and monitor with SERENA”, said the minister.

It’s important to note the minister’s mistake; in the Atlantic (Nicaragua) there aren’t any olive ridleys, only greens, and whatever the case, no sea turtle can be hunted and killed, for they’re in danger of extinction.

Open season suspension

The North Atlantic Regional Government suspended the four month open season on green turtle hunting this past July 10, despite this being the time of year (June to September) when this species arrives on beaches looking for a suitable place to complete their reproductive cycles.
The green turtle (Chelonia mydas), named so because its fat and tissues are green, migrates each year from the open ocean and congregates on deposits of submerged aquatic vegetation growing in shallow waters within a kilometer of beaches where it lays its eggs.

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