Press Releases


The Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA) is advising the
public that as of 1 July 2014, new regulations for turtle and conch under
the Fisheries Protection Ordinance will take effect. The regulations
include the following restrictions on the taking of turtles:

  • · A closed season for Hawksbill turtles from 1 August to 31 March
    (inclusive). During the closed season it will be unlawful to take, purchase
    or possess hawksbill turtles or hawksbill turtle products.
  • · A legal size limit of 18 inches (minimum) and 24 inches
    (maximum) for green and hawksbill turtles. It will be unlawful to possess
    green or hawksbill turtles larger than 24 inches or smaller than 18 inches.
  • · A permanent closure on the taking of Kemp’s ridley,
    leatherback, loggerhead and olive ridley turtles. As of 1 July 2014 it will
    be unlawful to take or fish for any of these species.
  • · A ban on the export of all turtles and turtle products, except
    for scientific purposes. No turtle products shall be exported from TCI.
  • · A ban on the keeping of turtles in captivity. As of 1 July it
    will be unlawful to keep any turtles in captivity, unless such captivity is
    necessary to rescue, rehabilitate or preserve the life of the turtle.
  • · A prohibition against processing turtles at sea. All turtles
    will need to be landed live and in whole condition after being taken and
    only processed where it is to be sold, processed or used for personal

In addition to the above turtle regulations, as of July 1, 2014, it will
become lawful to export conch shells, conch jewellery, conch pearls or
craft products made of conch shells during the closed season for conch.
This regulation will allow such products to be exported for non-commercial
or personal use only.

Any questions regarding the new regulations should be directed to DEMA at
941-5122 or emailed to

Turks & Caicos Business Guide 2014

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At A Glance

Population - 31,458
Language - English
Currency - The US dollar is the official currency of TCI. Most hotels, restaurants and taxi services accept traveler's cheques, which can be cashed at local banks. Most credit cards are accepted and banks offer ATM's as well as cash advances on credit cards.
Time Zone - Eastern Standard Time | Daylight Savings Time is observed from April to November
Climate - the average temperature ranges between 85 - 90 degrees (29-32 C) from June to Oct. From Nov to May average temperature is 80-84 degrees (27-29 C)
Water temperature is 82-84 in summer and 74-78 in winter

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