The conservation of the endangered species represents the Sandals Foundation’s and Sandals EarthGuard’s commitment to environmental sustainability both at the resort and the community levels
Protection of the environment is one of the pillars that Sandals Foundation is built one
During the period of May to December, endangered sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs; Sandals Whitehouse as well as the Bluefields beaches are active nesting sites that have recorded turtle nesting action over the years.
Since the start of the 2014 nesting season the group has so far recorded and is monitoring five nests along the Bluefield’s coastline.
The establishment of the Turtle Farm represents the resort’s effort to reduce the loss of turtle nests for this season due to predators and unfavourable weather conditions
Turtle Monitoring Blue Fields
Sandals Foundation funds the Bluefields Bay Fishermen’s Friendly Society (BBFFS) in their turtle conservation effort. For many years, the Bluefields area is known for sea turtle activity and in an effort to help protect and bolster the populations of these critically endangered species the Foundation funds the employment of wardens to help conserve turtles within this area. Activities include regular day and night beach patrols, nest identification, nest releases anti-predation practices; covering six beaches.
To date, BBFFS has released over 8000 live hatchlings and provided machinery and resources to ensure the program’s success.
During the turtle season of 2016, Jamaica’s first turtle egg incubator was created to help save damaged nests. Proceeds from the tour will also go towards the creation of a weather station to better track the weather, which will assist in tracking turtle nesting, and turtle hatching habits.
Sandals Foundation in partnership with Island Routes and The Oracabessa Foundation, offer a tour for guests to experience live baby turtle releases. Sea turtles are critically endangered species and they nest on the beaches of the Caribbean. The Oracabessa Foundation has had major success in their efforts to protect sea turtles and released upward of 39,000 baby turtles in the 2015 and 2016 turtle season. Funds from the Turtle tour go directly back to the Oracabessa Foundation to fund turtle conservation, by funding the training of others as well as to support innovations.
Antigua Sea Turtle Project
Sandals Foundation has partnered with the Antigua Sea Turtle Project since 2013 helping to preserve the critically endangered sea turtles in Antigua. Sandals Foundation Funds help to employ wardens who carry out patrols and identify turtle nests. There is also the collection of data that can help to save and bolster population of the critically endangered species.
From 2013 – 2015 The Antigua Sea Turtle Project monitored over eleven beaches and identified 360 nests from three different species of Sea Turtles, Hawksbill, Leatherback and Green Sea Turtles.
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