Monday 30 November, 2020

EMA pleads with public to report poaching of protected species

Dead Sea turtle

Dead Sea turtle

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is calling on relevant interest groups and the general public to report the poaching of Environmentally Sensitive Species (ESS) to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Game Wardens of the Forestry Division and Environmental Police Unit (EPU) of the 

This follows recent media reports warning of an alleged increase in the poaching of sea turtles and the shooting death of an Ocelot in Northeast Trinidad.

“The EMA is urging right-thinking citizens to come forward and provide evidence of any poaching activity, especially those involving species that have been declared environmentally sensitive.”

The EPU comprises of Special Reserve Police Officers appointed by the Commissioner of Police and assigned to the EMA to assist with the prosecution of offences under the Environmental Management Act, Chapter 35:05 as well as its subsidiary legislation.

Citizens are reminded that the designation of an ESS offers additional protection with punitive measures, specifically in accordance with section 70 (2) of the Act. 

“The public can be assured that where detailed reports involving endangerment of ESS are provided to the authorities, these reports will be thoroughly investigated and once sufficient evidence is available, legal action will be taken.”

In the event of an environmental incident, contact the EMA's Emergency Response Hotline at 680-9588. For complaints, email or visit 


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