Our work in UK overseas territories
For over 20 years, we’ve been working in the Caribbean UK Overseas Territories of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands.
In 2005, along with the University of Exeter, we first used satellite telemetry when we attached a tag to Malliouhana, a huge leatherback turtle after she nested in Anguilla.
She went on to migrate to Canada’s waters and back. Since then we’ve tracked adult female green turtles from their nesting beach at Rekawa, Sri Lanka, and more recently green and hawksbill turtles in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).
Our TCI turtle project saw our Overseas Conservation Officer embedded in the community for four years working with local fishers and wider community on how to better manage the turtle fishery.
We used the community voice method combining stakeholder interviewing, qualitative analysis, mapping, and public meetings. In 2020 we published a paper covering 18 years of our research.
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Our key focus is now to support our Caribbean UKOT partners in significantly improving management of their existing marine protected area (MPA) networks.
Our Caribbean UKOT MPA programme started in 2019, and our work is highlighting the urgent actions that need to be taken to significantly improve marine protected area management across the territories.
We connect the Caribbean UKOTs to UK-based experts and we work hard to emphasise to ministers in Westminster the need to support the management of MPAs in our Caribbean Territories.Amdeep Sanghera, UK Overseas Territories Conservation Officer