Small cetacean takes in Barrouallie, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (2014-2020)
Iϭguez Bessega Miguel, Fisher Sue, Millward Susan, Mitchell Louise and Cassani Carolina
The intentional take of cetaceans has a long history in the Lesser Antilles. In the late 1800s hunts began in Castries, Saint Lucia and later expanded to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, specifically to Barrouallie. Currently, an unregulated small cetacean hunt out of Barrouallie is the largest hunt of cetaceans in the Wider Caribbean. This paper reports landings of 603 small cetaceans in Barrouallie for the period January 2014 – December 2020 including 468 short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus). The number of cetaceans landed and the lack of local regulation highlight the urgent need for: 1.) a coordinated national programme to systematically survey cetacean populations; 2.) national oversight, including monitoring of hunts and 3.) a review by the IWC of the status of small cetaceans in the Caribbean.