may have heard by now that the Honourable Ganga Singh Minister of the
Environment and Water Resources is considering the implementation of
a three year moratorium on hunting. However the various Hunting
Associations of T&T have aggressively petitioned against the
idea while “we” the environmental NGOs/Groups have been
“perceived as” relatively silent on the matter. The
Honourable Minister needs the active support of the environmental
NGOs of T&T for this three year moratorium on hunting to become a
reality. If this does not happen he has indicated that he will have
no choose but to go with the wishes of the hunters association and
that the hunting season will open as normal on the 1st
of October 2013. If you feel strongly about the need for
a hunting moratorium you/we need to act now and let the Honourable
Ganga Singh know now in writing.
Honourable Ganga Singh has requested the support of the environmental
NGOs of T&T in the implementation of the purposed three year
moratorium on hunting. TTFNC will be writing an official letter to
the minister supporting the purposed moratorium. However I would like
to encourage each member of the Club to write individual letters to
the minister on the matter and to additionally spread the word and
encourage all you can to do the same. Our voices need to be heard.
is a copy of the Club’s hunting policy as published in “THE
FIELD NATURALIST Issue No. 3/2012 Page 24”. Online link:
is the mailing address of the Minister of the Environment and Water
Resources. (best deliver letter by hand). In addition you may also
try e-mail, and other written online methods.
the Honourable Ganga Singh
Minister of the Environment and Water Resources
Level 26, Tower D International Waterfront Complex
1A Wrightson Road
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
You can copy & paste the following letter and email it to him at email@example.com . Remember to be polite, as the Minister is our potential ally.
I urge you to implement a three year hunting moratorium, during which time a fully comprehensive wildlife survey should be completed.
The hunting season should remain closed until the wildlife policy, for which public consultations were held between January and March 2013, is realized.
TTFNC hunting policy is intended to serve as a guide to members when
they are acting as official representatives of the TTFNC and to
enable club representatives who serve on a variety of external
committees to take a stand on behalf of the club. We recognize and
accept that club members will have diverse opinions on hunting and
this policy is not in-tended to restrict individual club members’
opinions or actions as private citizens.
TTFNC holds that protecting sustainable populations of all native
species must be the top priority for wildlife management in Trinidad
and Tobago. To this end we believe that, if hunting is to continue it
must be managed based on sound empirical knowledge of the present
populations and population trends of each targeted species. In the
absence of sufficient scientific data, we support the precautionary
principle, which dictates that hunting should be tightly restricted
until adequate data can be collected and effective regulations can be
formulated and enforced.
consider the current legislation and enforcement, as of 2012, to be
woefully inadequate for the protection of our wildlife populations.
of the opinion that commercial hunting is not sustainable in Trinidad
and Tobago and should be prohibited. As such, any sale of wild meat,
sea turtle, or wild-caught cage birds during the open or closed
seasons should be prohibited and the law enforced.
actively support all efforts from government bodies and NGOs,
including recreational hunters, to establish scientific management
objectives, facilitate acquiring sup-porting data, and revise
legislation in order to ensure that hunting will not jeopardize the
survival of the local populations of targeted species.
practical purposes, we accept that incremental improvements may be
the most effective path forward. We are willing to work in good faith
with other stakeholders, in-clouding hunters, as long as there is
evidence of acceptable progress toward our desired standard of
TTFNC believes that, in the absence of tangible progress toward
managing hunting on a scientific and sustainable basis, all types of
hunting should be severely curtailed.
The Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists' Club, a society for
the study of Natural History, is one of the oldest NGO's existing in
Trinidad and Tobago,having being founded on 10th July 1891.
The Club is a volunteer, non-profit
organization. Its main objectives are to bring together persons
the study of natural history, the diffusion of knowledge thereof and
the conservation of nature and natural resources.
Membership in the club is open to anyone who has an interest
in nature and the natural
environment. Approximately 250 members share interests in the natural
such as birding, botany, photography, geology, research and scientific
investigation, publication, conservation and environmental protection.
The TTFNC conducts an annual program of monthly meetings,
lectures and field trips for the enjoyment and edification of its
In addition, the TTFNC sponsors a number of publications on the
natural history and environment of the country. They may be obtained
directly from the Club or from local bookstores.