Dominica’s Sea Turtle Conservation Organization Inc. (DomSeTCO) was founded in 2007 to coordinate a national sea turtle research, conservation and ecotourism effort in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
In collaboration with the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST), an ambitious project was developed to build capacity within DomSeTCO to meet Dominica‟s unique needs. In 2007-2008, a Needs Assessment was carried out and several training programs were conducted on sea turtle conservation, data collection, and tour guiding at the community level, and to prepare DomSeTCO to co- ordinate a Community Management approach to sea turtle conservation, with Turtle Tour Guiding as one component. This capacity building effort was continued into 2009 and 2010 with the Training of Trainers, Patrollers and Tour Guides.
The project partnered with Government, NGOs, the private sector, and coastal communities to collect sci- entifically sound data addressing sea turtle nesting ecology, as well as to educate the public on the impor- tance of marine conservation. Today DomSeTCO continues the research and conservation work utilizing regular foot patrols and identification tagging to study the leatherback, hawksbill, and green sea turtles nesting on the island‟s beaches.