Wide-scale commercial hunting of the Hicatee turtle has been brought to the attention of The Association of Protected Areas Management Organization (APAMO). The turtles are critically endangered species that are protected under the Belize Wildlife Protection Act. Love News spoke with the Environmental Education and Communications Director of the Belize Audubon Society, Dareece Chuc, who explained what the association is doing in its conservation efforts.
Chuc stated that the over hunting of these species during the closed seasons will cause a drastic decline of wildlife populations. By not catching more than you are allowed and observing the closed seasons, these endangered species will be able to flourish and remain healthy for future generations. Chuc explained how the Belize Audubon Society is trying to combat the community’s dependency on hunting the species.
APAMO issued a release, stating that further protection is also provided to the Hicatee which prohibits individuals from possessing more than three turtles at any one time and transporting more than five of them in any vehicle. The hunting season for these turtles is closed each year from May 1 to May 30