Unauthorized access to Maria Island

- Written by National Trust

June 24, 2014

Press Release

Unauthorized Access to Maria Islands

The Saint Lucia National Trust is seeking the Public’s assistance and cooperation in ensuring that the Maria Islands Nature Reserve remain a national treasure that all citizens could enjoy and be proud of for a long time to come. These islands have been vested in the Trust to protect their rich biodiversity and to oversee a regime that facilitates managed access to this Wildlife Reserve. This means that visits to the islands are coordinated by the Trust. Due to strict bio-security controls which are in effect, anyone wishing to visit should first contact the Trust to be screened to ensure that no alien species are accidentally introduced onto the islets.

Unfortunately, there have been incidents where people have anchored near or ventured unto the islands without first seeking the approval of the Trust. These unsanctioned visits pose a threat as the Trust cannot guarantee that the proper bio-safety protocols are being observed. If anyone is found on the islets under these circumstances, this would be deemed an illegal act and thus liable to consequences under the law. The Trust is appreciative of the public interest in the area and under the appropriate conditions, can facilitate visits to the islands, which are essential in maintaining this country’s unique biodiversity.

Please contact the Trust for further information or to report illegal access to the islet. See contact information below.

Saint Lucia National Trust

Head Office

Tel 452-5005

E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Southern Office

Mr. Craig Henry

Tel. 454-5014

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