Across the Pacific, populations of some species of sea turtles face extinction unless recent dramatic declines are reversed. The continuing decline of leatherbacks and loggerheads in particular illustrates the limitations of the current gradual and unilateral approach to conservation. Recovery requires instead a holistic solution that addresses all sources of mortality throughout the entire life history and habitat use of these transnational populations.
Historically conservation efforts have focused on nesting sites to protect eggs and breeding females; mortality from coastal and highseas fisheries was not addressed. In the past five years, these recovery efforts have widened to include rigorously curtailing fishing and technological fixes that lower rates of incidental sea turtle deaths during fishing. Although each of these approaches shows promise, it has become increasingly clear that they alone will not recover severely depleted populations.
Recognizing the urgency of the problem, this book presents ideas and case studies by conservation biologists, economists, marine life policy experts, fishing industry and fisheries professionals, management specialists, and development assistance researchers. It provides a new synthesis and blueprint for action that shifts the paradigm from piecemeal and unilateral conservation to a more holistic and multilateral approach to the recovery of Pacific sea turtle populations.
Author: Dutton, Peter; Squires, Dale; Ahmed, Mahfuzuddin;Peter Dutton
is senior research biologist with NOAA Fisheries, Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California, and member of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group. Dale Squires
is senior scientist and environmental resource economist with NOAA Fisheries, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and adjunct professor of economics at the University of California, San Diego. Mahfuzuddin Ahmed
is senior project economist, Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources Division, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank.