Decline of the Sea Turtles : Causes and Prevention. by National Research Council, Committee on Sea Turtle

By National Research Council, Committee on Sea Turtle Conservation

This booklet explores intimately threats to the world's sea turtle inhabitants to supply sound, clinical conclusions on which risks are maximum and the way they are often addressed so much successfully. providing a desirable and informative assessment of 5 sea turtle species, the amount discusses sea turtles' feeding behavior, most well-liked nesting components, and migration routes; examines their prestige in U.S. waters; and cites examples of conservation measures lower than approach and below consideration.

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Headstarting should be maintained as a research tool, but it cannot substitute for other essential conservation measures. Research on sea turtles should include improvement of the data base About this PDF file: This new digital representation of the original work has been recomposed from XML files created from the original paper book, not from the original typesetting files. Page breaks are true to the original; line lengths, word breaks, heading styles, and other typesetting-specific formatting, however, cannot be retained, and some typographic errors may have been accidentally inserted.

Estimates of age at sexual maturity range from 20 to 50 years (Balazs, 1982; Frazer and Ehrhart, 1985). Major Threats to Survival Over much of its range, the green turtle has been severely depleted because of high demand for both eggs and meat as human food. Exploitation has been intense on both nesting beaches and foraging grounds, and cannot be reversed quickly, because the green turtle takes several decades to reach maturity. Degradation of nesting and feeding habitats are also serious problems.

S. Fish and Wildlife Service, should be protected. Lands are available for purchase, and action should be taken now. Incidental deaths associated with other human activities—such as other fisheries and abandoned fishing gear, dredging, and oil-rig removal— should also be addressed and reduced. Headstarting should be maintained as a research tool, but it cannot substitute for other essential conservation measures. Research on sea turtles should include improvement of the data base About this PDF file: This new digital representation of the original work has been recomposed from XML files created from the original paper book, not from the original typesetting files.

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