Training for Coconut Bay staff in management of sea turtle population
With the onset of the 2017 sea turtle nesting season, the management of Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, with the support of local Department of Fisheries, conducted an orientation and training workshop for staff members on the management of the sea turtle population. The workshop, held on Wednesday, March 22, targeted staff members drawn from the hotel’s Kids Klub, security, entertainment, grounds, pools and guest relations departments.
This workshop is staged as a yearly activity aimed at equipping staff with the necessary knowledge to enable them to respond in an informed and effective manner to turtle nesting and hatching events. Last week’s workshop was held to coincide with the turtle nesting season which runs from April to October each year.
Participants in the workshop were provided with “know-how” on aspects such as: identification of species and tracks, life cycle, nesting information and habits, salvaging, custody and release of disoriented hatchlings, data collection, etc.
Some ten staff members benefitted from the workshop which was conducted by Yvonne Edwin and Shanna Emmanuel from the Department of Fisheries.
The two and a half mile stretch of beach which runs parallel to Coconut Bay resort is used each year as a nesting ground by sea turtles. Coconut Bay security and staff are engaged each year in an active programme of turtle monitoring with the support and collaboration of the Department of Fisheries and the Saint Lucia National Trust.
Coconut Bay has initiated discussions with the Department of Fisheries towards strengthening the hotel’s involvement in monitoring efforts. The hotel is keen on partnering with, and providing support to, the Department of Fisheries as it relates to the protection of sea turtles. As part of its ongoing efforts, Coconut Bay recently erected an impressive Turtle Information Billboard on property for the benefit of visitors and to keep them informed about turtle events.
Coconut Bay staff receiving tips during last week’s training exercise.