The Last Turtle | Ep.1, The Nature Island

The Last Turtle | Ep.1, The Nature Island


Nature to me is life. Humans depend on nature to
exist. So nature is very, very, very
important to us. Landing in Dominica is like
landing in Jurassic Park. The island is beautiful, lush
green forests, crystal clear
water. Dominica is a breathtaking
country, mountainous. It is different from the other
Caribbean Islands. Yeah, Dominica is an amazing
place. It’s an amazingly beautiful
place. It’s one of the few islands in
the Caribbean that I would call
pristine. Well Dominica’s untouched.
Dominica’s unspoiled so, anybody that comes here, would
actually love it. My name is Harold Guiste. I am presently the Maritime
Administrator for Dominica. I am the President of Dominica
Sea Turtle Conservation
Association. So we work with turtles, for
conservation of turtle species that nest in the beaches of
Dominica. My name is Jake Levenson, I’m the Executive Director and
Co-founder of an organisation
known as Oceans Forward. a conservation organisation
designed to support conservation
in places like Dominica. What makes Dominica incredibly
unique is the diversity of
ecological habitats that you
have here. You can have the rough waters
of the Atlantic on the eastern
sea shore. You can have high peaks with
rainforests and 300-some inches of rain a
year. You can have the calm waters of
the Caribbean sea, like what’s
behind me right now, and the beautiful coral reefs
there. So there’s really a remarkable
diversity of natural beauty
here. I’m Stephen Durand, I am a naturalist, and I love
all nature. I work with the Forestry,
Wildlife and Parks Division, responsible for research,
monitoring and environmental
education. And I’m also engaged with
DomSeTCO, I’m one of the Board. I have been a part of this
whole… you know, how do I call it… It’s a revolution, you know. It’s a commitment to protect Sea
Turtles in Dominica. As we are aware, all Sea Turtles
are now endangered, and so Dominica has its role to
play as well in terms of
protecting Sea Turtles. We have about five species in
our waters, three of them nesting on our
beaches. When we first brought the
property I went back to
Minnesota and Oscar called me, he was all
excited, he says, “Theres turtles nesting on the
beach.” We had no idea. Then he called me two days later
and said, “They’re all being poached.” And they were sleeping on the
beach, and taking every turtle that
came. Persons in Dominica have always
consumed turtle, and turtles have always been in
abundance. But a lot of things have changed
around this island. We have a lot more marine
traffic now. We have a lot more increasing
fishing activity now. There is a lot more garbage,
pollution, plastics, that go into the ocean now. So there are many challenges
that are adverse to the survival
of the turtles. So you have some of these
challenges. But we are resolute, we are determined to save the
species.

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