The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Preservation Fund said, “it is deeply saddened by the news of a Hump Back Whale being caught and killed in Bequia on Thursday 28th March 2019.
Director of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Preservation Fund, Louise Mitchell-Joseph said “On Tuesday evening from my home in Villa, I looked out and about one mile offshore I saw two whales frolicking. In fact, I heard members of my home screaming “Whale” and that’s when I looked out and saw the splashes of two whales. I was deeply saddened at the news that a whale was killed in Bequia and my immediate thought was that it’s a great likelihood it was one of those that I saw frolicking off Greathead Bay”.
Mrs Mitchell-Joseph stated that her organisation will continue to push ahead for conservation efforts to be adopted and practiced on a National level in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and therefore, the news of this “Whale catch” is a step in the opposite direction.
She said “Unfortunately there is a long way to go before we can truly boast of eco-tourism and a blue economy in SVG. Right now such phrases ring hollow”.
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That’s so very sad. Right now the killer whale population is dwindling and efforts are being made to save what’s left. Praying for healthy live births. Whale are essential to the sustainability of our oceans. They are marvelous creatures. And beautiful in their own right. I could understand if you are using the carcass for food, clothing or shelter needs but what was the purpose of this killing? Was it just for the hunt, because that’s just cruely to the creature and to those that love them.
What do they expect? It’s legal to hunt whale in Bequia, an island with no natural resources of it’s own. They are allowed 3 a year. It’s one of the few industries available to them. They must take advantage of it in order to survive. I’m not saying it’s a good thing. I’m saying that you do what you have to do in order to feed your family.