$12,000 reward offered for information on turtle poachers

Department of Environment officials measure the size of a turtle shell found in a dumpster in Morgan’s Harbour last month. It is suspected the animal was a victim of poaching.

A reward of up to $12,000 is being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest of those poaching wild turtles or selling wild turtle meat, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the Cayman Turtle Centre and Cayman Crime Stoppers.

It comes on the heels of a 3.5‑foot wild green sea turtle shell being found in West Bay. It is suspected the shell came from a poached turtle. The Department of Environment continues to investigate the remains, according to the release.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 and Cayman Turtle Centre is offering an additional $2,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Miami-based anonymous Crime Stoppers line at 800‑8477.