The Ministry of Forestry has condemned what it has presented as the intentional setting of bushfires on Petit Canouan to facilitate the illegal harvesting of bird eggs.
In a statement this week, the ministry said that the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines condemns all activities that result in the burning of natural vegetation on Petit Canouan.
Petit Canouan, an islet in the southern Grenadines, is home to thousands of birds and for this reason was designated as a wildlife reserve.
“The unlawful practice of seasonally burning large areas of the landscape in order to provide greater access to the illegal harvesting of bird eggs will not be tolerated. This activity results in the reduction or elimination of critical seabird populations and habitats,” the ministry said in a statement.
The statement added: “Persons who are engaged in illegal activities on wildlife reserves are asked to cease and desist. A strategic monitoring process will be established to ensure full compliance. All systems will be engaged to ensure the increased enforcement of the Wildlife Act. Let us work together to protect the birds of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”