Sea Shepherd Offers $2,000 for the Capture of Anna Maria Island Turtle Killers
Commentary by Sea Shepherd Founder, Captain Paul Watson
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man and a woman who intentionally ran over sea turtle nests and nesting seabird chicks on the beach at Anna Maria Island, Florida.
Ana Maria Island is located on Florida’s northwestern Gulf Coast near Bradenton, just south of St. Petersburg.
The incident began at 10:30 pm on Saturday, June 27 between Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach where the birds were hit, and ended between 30th and 27th streets in Holmes Beach.
The man and woman responsible killed two black skimmer chicks and damaged five endangered loggerhead sea turtle nests by reportedly driving a high-powered vehicle recklessly on the beach, ignoring the stakes marking the turtle nests.
Sea Shepherd is asking the public to please contact Holmes Beach Police Department at 941-708-5804 with any information regarding this incident.
“We need to stop people terrorizing diminishing populations of threatened and endangered wildlife. These people are criminals and should be dealt with as criminals to send a strong message that maiming and killing wildlife is a serious crime,” said Sea Shepherd founder and senior strategic advisor for Sea Shepherd USA, Captain Paul Watson.
Read more here: Birds killed, sea turtle nests damaged on Florida beach