Matura Turtle Beach Cleanup 2015

Nature Seekers opened the 2015 Turtle Nesting Season on Sunday March 1st, 2015 with its Annual Beach Clean-up at the Matura Beach on the North-East Coast of Trinidad. The event was particularly special as it signalled the launch of Nature Seekers’ 25th Anniversary celebrations.

From 7am, enthusiastic volunteers from all areas of the country came prepared to do their part in clearing the beaches for the turtle nesting season. Despite the inclement
weather, a total of 1,485 persons attended the event and over 250 bags of garbage were collected along with several large items of debris.

The Matura beaches (Rincon & Orosco) are globally important nesting sites for critically endangered Leatherback sea turtles. The turtle nesting process can be hampered by the presence of debris and drift wood that gather along the shorelines in the rainy season. Nature Seekers’ Annual Beach Clean-up created an opportunity for volunteers to assist in the conservation efforts of protecting these magnificent sea creatures by creating a safe nesting habitat for them, as well as for the seasonal turtle watching season.

The event closed with the popular Sand Turtle Competition. Eighteen teams participated in the competition, vying for the number one spot and the opportunity to take home the treasured trophy for “Best Sand Turtle” 2015. Under the judging of Mr. Richard Sorrillo (Forestry Division); Mr. Ricardo Meade (El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Conservation) and Ms. Mariella Maynard (Turtle Village Thrust), the coveted title and first winner prize was awarded to the USC GNOSTAI CLUB. They were followed by “Friends and Them” and the Asja Boys’ College who placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.