By Kimberly Castillo
In the remote parts of northeast Tobago, roughly an hour-and-a-half drive from Scarborough, lies L'Anse Fourmi.
The village once enjoyed a reputation for its unspoilt beauty and local bay with tantalising blue-green waters. But the tide has since turned and in recent years, non-governmental organisations, aided by social media, have unearthed evidence which points to the slaughter of green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles at L'Anse Fourmi Bay.
Under the cover of darkness, poachers and several fishermen armed with cutlasses and driven by a hunger for turtle meat lie in wait for their unsuspecting victims.
On August 16, 2011 members of the community based organisation, North East Sea Turtles (NEST) came upon a number of poached turtles at L'Anse Fourmi, the Sunday Express was told.
The turtles are sliced open for their meat, their carcasses disguised among vegetation or left to rot on the shore.
So far, for 2011 alone, more than 20 turtles have been killed at L'Anse Fourmi Bay.
Evidence of previous years of poaching at the bay, including new ones totalled in excess of 50.
But L'Anse Fourmi is not the only beach targeted by poachers.
Environmentalist and co-founder of NEST, Patricia Turpin, who has spent most of her life fighting to protect wildlife and the environment, explained that the poaching of turtles occurs on as many as ten beaches in Tobago. More....