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#402563 - 03/17/11 03:01 PM Hicatee researcher Dr. Rainwater on morning show
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#402826 - 03/21/11 09:22 PM Re: Hicatee researcher Dr. Rainwater on morning show [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
This week sees the 2nd hicatee conference, moving forward on the conservation strategy started in November last year. In conjuction with this and as easter fast approaches and thoughts turn to hicatee and igana eating, Thomas Rainwater, Tony Garel (and Hector the Hicatee apparently) will be on the Love FM Morning Show, this Wednesday 23 March. It may be worth listening in
Thomas carried out a hickatee survey last year, mirroring the survey conducted 20+ years ago: He has a comprehensive report if anyone wants it, but basically he found that all survey areas were depleted by upwards of 85-95% and some - including Crooked Tree - were extirpated.


Nikki Buxton
Belize Bird Rescue
PO Box 219 Belmopan
Belize. Central America
(+501) 822 1145 / 602 4291
www.belizebirdrescue.com

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#402858 - 03/22/11 12:50 AM Re: Hicatee researcher Dr. Rainwater on morning show [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
from a friend down south...

Monkey River does not have Hicatee - People in Monkey River use to say as far as I recall - that there never have been.

But Bocatura and Black Bellied Turtle are quite common both in river and all our creeks.

Sarstoon and Temash should be the only rivers in Toledo with Hicatee. There could be a chance in Deep River.

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#402860 - 03/22/11 12:59 AM Re: Hicatee researcher Dr. Rainwater on morning show [Re: Marty]
SP Daily Offline
Nonsense! I remember lots of Hicatee on Monkey River...over 10 years ago...

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#402867 - 03/22/11 02:33 AM Re: Hicatee researcher Dr. Rainwater on morning show [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
I'll mention that to them Jesse... here's further discussion...
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From a friend:

We went to Monkey River last year and spoke with a guide who had grown up in Monkey River Town. He said in 31 (or 41?) years of living, fishing, diving, and guiding on the river he had never seen a hicatee. He did say other turtles like sliders and loggerheads were there.

I have heard Deep River might have hicatee, but nothing reliable.

The comment about Sarstoon and Temash being the only rivers in Toledo with hicatee is incorrect. Rio Grande has one of the best populations we've seen in the last two years (though it's probably nothing like it used to be), and we also saw one in the Moho River last year. I've heard mixed things about Golden Stream, but most locals we spoke with say few if any hicatee are there. We didn't get to survey the Sarstoon, but it's likely hicatee there are getting hit hard by both sides of the river.

For what it's worth.
the best thing we can do right now is try our best to dissuade hunters, dare I say buy up any live catch if the situation is unsalvageable and try to preserve the species as best we can. Some may stand by the 'don't trade wildlife' banner, but honestly, where hicatee is concerned, it's so close to dying out we need to grab whatever comes our way.

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#402874 - 03/22/11 03:44 AM Re: Hicatee researcher Dr. Rainwater on morning show [Re: Marty]
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Hickatee Turtles on the Decline
The San Pedro Sun


Edited by spsun (03/22/11 03:45 AM)

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#402956 - 03/22/11 09:03 PM Re: Hicatee researcher Dr. Rainwater on morning show [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
Kindly Note, as a the Vice Chair of the Stann Creek DAVCO and assistance Secretary of NAVCO; we have been communicating with the Belize Fisheries Department – Ministry Of Agriculture and Fisheries; in assistance with the Hicatee Conservation Efforts.

For your information:

Over the past years, the Fisheries Department has observed an increasing trend in the illegal harvesting and sale of the Central American River Turtle (Dermatemys mawii) locally known as "HICA TEE", The sale of these turtles, including its meat which is being served in restaurants and is promoted in Village events and other festivities throughout Belize has become more eminent. These practices are illegal in Belize and threaten the survival of this species. A recent survey conducted in 2010 in Belize indicates that populations are in decline, especially in areas traditionally fished by fishermen in rural areas. The Hicatee is a turtle endemic only to the region of the coastal lowlands of Southern Mexico, Northern Guatemala and Belize. Presently, Hicatee is classified as critically endangered (facing an extremely high risk of extinction) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In Belize, there are currently existing laws under the Fisheries Act for the protection and management of 'HICATEE', which are provided below:

v No person shall:
a) have in his possession more than three such turtles at any one time;
b) transport on any vehicle more than five such turtles;
c) fish for such turtles during the period from 1st May to the 31st May inclusive in any year;
d) fish for females of such turtles greater than 43cm (17.2 inches) and smaller than 38cm (15.2 inches);
e) fish for such turtles in any of the areas specified in the Fifth Schedule attached to these Regulations;
f) Sell or purchase such turtles.

FIFTH SCHEDULE:

Fishing for Hicatee in the following areas is prohibited:

1. Belize River: from Beaver Dam Creek to Labouring Creek;
2. New River: from Irish Creek to Water Bank;
3. Rio Bravo: upstream from Dos Bocas Dam, including Booth's River;
4. Cox and Mucklehany Lagoons and headwaters of Mussel Creek;
5. Northern and Southern Lagoons and tributaries (Manatee lagoons and Manatee River);
6. Sibun River: between Ferguson Bank and Sibun Bar.

Any person who contravenes any or part of the regulation in relation to the turtle locally known as ‘Hicatee’ commits an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of two thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both such fine and imprisonment.

A Hunting License is also required from the Forest Department under the Wildlife Protection Act Chapter 220 Revised Edition 2000·2003 of the Laws of Belize.

The Fisheries Department along with the National Hicatee Conservation and Monitoring Network (NHCMN) have now revived national efforts to establish better management measures for the
conservation of the Hicatee in Belize.

The Fisheries Department is requesting your kind cooperation in enforcing the current Fisheries Laws pertaining to Hicatee by informing the public that the 'SALE OF HICATEE IS ILLEGAL'.
Please note that the Enforcement Unit of the Fisheries Department will be enforcing these laws, especially as it relates to ' PUBLIC EVENTS' and other 'CULTURAL ACTIVITIES".

As a key stakeholder, the Fisheries Department will continue to consult and keep the National Association or Village Councils updated on any emerging issues or other related activities.

Thanking you in advance for your committed support to the sustainable use and the conservation of the Hicatee.


Best,

Charles Leslie Jr.
Placencia Village

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