That’s just wrong. . . .

Great story from the Cape Verde islands.. . . .

The Professional Windsurfers Association just held their final event for 2010 on our little island.  They built an enclosure with concrete and metal on a turtle nesting beach.  Nobody bothered to find out if there were still nests on the beach.  The walls went from the back of the beach to the water preventing anyone else from using this public beach.  They built a huge stage with massive lights and held parties and football tournaments every night One of the concrete poles narrowly missed the egg chamber of a nest that hatched on the first night of the tournament – the majority of hatchlings died of course. Whilst we were scooping all the bodies up the next day the organiser (a world champion windsurfer) consoled us with the thought that at least we were finding them.  A second nest hatched two nights later but fortunately some good citizens collected the majority and called us.

The wind did not blow for eight days and so few heats were completed that the standings remained as they were when the tournament started.


‘Friends’ of the ocean aren’t always what they seem.

Jacquie Cozens
SOS Tartarugas Cabo Verde

About Bruce

Work for sustainable development of small islands and the Chesapeake Bay; ex-Peace Corps (Volunteer and staff) in LA & Caribbean; cruised Caribbean on S/Y Meander for three years; like small tropical islands, French canals, Umbria, Tasmania, and NZ. Married 52 years to the late Kincey Burdett Potter (see President of the now-sunsetting Island Resources Foundation.
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