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Assessing the Impacts of Hatcheries on Green Turtle Hatchlings

Mejías Balsalobre, Carmen, Bride, Ian G. (2016) Assessing the Impacts of Hatcheries on Green Turtle Hatchlings. Marine Turtle Newsletter, 151 . pp. 16-21.

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Abstract

This study provides experimental evidence from Sri Lanka supporting the importance of releasing hatchlings immediately after emergence. Hatcheries may be somewhat resistant to the idea of adjusting their ecotourism policies to maximize hatchling survival upon release, as this would mean that the collection and release of hatchlings should take place in the dark, which may be less appealing for tourists. However, it is possible to combine tourism and conservation, following best practice guidelines (IUCN 2005), which recommend releasing at least 90% of the hatchlings from each nest immediately after emergence, and holding the remaining hatchlings as a tourist attraction. In this way, Sri Lankan, and turtle hatcheries worldwide, would be able to improve their contribution to sea turtle conservation whilst maintaining much needed tourist revenue.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Marine Turtle Conservation, Green Turtle, Hatcheries, Sri Lanka
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Ian Bride
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 19:32 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/58551 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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