68 Honorary Game Wardens appointed by Agriculture Minister

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68 Honorary Game Wardens appointed by Agriculture Minister

The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries is taking steps to combat the illegal wildlife trade in Trinidad and Tobago by initiating a training programme and delivering letters of appointment to 68 Honorary Game wardens.

In January, 396 honorary game wardens were officially appointed. The training and delivery of appointment letters will continue during February.

Honorary Game Wardens are volunteers who are conferred with the same powers as Game Wardens; empowered under the Conservation of Wildlife Act and related legislation.

While speaking at the appointment ceremony at Caroni Bird Sanctuary on Saturday, Senator Kazim Hosein, Minister of Agriculture Land and Fisheries, commended the volunteers hailing their decision to serve as a patriotic act saying, “service to man is service to God.”

He reminded the volunteers that the preservation of the  ecosystem is paramount for future generations, “Your role as guardians of our nation’s conservation efforts is crucial to the agriculture sector and the modern hunting culture as it provides an added level of enforcement against poachers and persons who commit wildlife offences and infractions.”