Visit Barbados, Barbados — banning petro-plastics
Barbados attracts 623,293 visitors every year, which brings with it environmental challenges. To halt the mounting plastic problem, from April 2019, Barbados has banned the importation, retail, sale and use of petro-based, single-use plastic bags. Plastic bags used for the preservation of food and pharmaceuticals or medicines are exempt. Cheryl Carter, UK Director, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, commented, “Banning single-use plastics goes some way to ensuring the protection of our pristine beaches and crystal clear waters that we are famous for.”
Wildlife conservation is another priority for the island. The Barbados Sea Turtle Project has been involved in the preservation of the endangered marine turtle species for more than 25-years. Their long term vision is to restore the local turtle population through research, education and public outreach. Barbados is currently home to the second-largest hawksbill turtle nesting population in the Caribbean, with up to 500 nesting females per year. Carlisle Bay in the south west of Barbados has recently become a designated marine-protected area, popular with divers, swimmers and snorkelers.
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