“Saboto Caesar, the island’s Minister of Fisheries, commended stakeholders for their support and encouragement in protecting the island’s biodiversity.”
Minister Caesar stated: “This year we celebrate, as leaders in conservation globally, our achievements in protecting turtles, preventing the illegal trade of the Union Island Gecko, and soon a ban on harvesting of the parrot fish and on shark fin fishing.
“Just this week we witnessed the repatriation of three of our national birds. This is an indication of successful work with the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP). St. Vincent and the Grenadines is truly Mother Nature’s Paradise,” he added.
“The preservation of the parrot fish is important given the animal’s ability to produce up to 700 lbs of sand each year through the digestion of algae and dead coral,” the report said.
“The island nation will also implement the legal framework to outlaw shark fin fishing in support of the global conservation efforts promoted by the United Nations.
“This practice threatens the global shark population and is seen as an unsustainable use of an important marine resource.”