In 2000, the Society was formally registered as a non-governmental organization under the Friendly Societies Act of Guyana as the ‘Guyana Marine Turtle Conservation Society’ (GMTCS). Membership comprised of environmentalists, academia, the private and public sectors and communities. The organization’s conservation journey started in the late 1980s with a sea turtle conservation program in indigenous communities to conserve the nesting habitats of four species of endangered sea turtles along the one hundred kilometers of coastline along the Shell Beaches stretching between the Waini and Moruca Rivers. In 2004, GMTCS was identified as the lead organization by the Environmental Protection Agency to spearhead the Shell Beach Protected Area process and this resulted in the area becoming Guyana’s only coastal protected area in 2011. Guyana’s growing marine and coastal conservation needs, resulted in the organization expanding its mandate in 2014 from its primary focus on sea turtle conservation to other important marine species, their habitats, wider marine and coastal ecosystems and communities. The organization was then renamed the ‘Guyana Marine Conservation Society’ (GMCS).
WHO WE ARE
We're a country-wide community of ocean lovers all working together towards our vision of a sea full of life, where nature flourishes and people thrive.
WHAT WE DO
We fight for the future of our ocean through people-powered action, with science on our side.
WHERE WE WORK
We work around Guyana protecting our seas, and also contribute to international data and legislation.