Saving Turtles and Eco-Travel

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The BBC World News had an interesting article about saving Turtles in the wild in Sri Lanka.  I have personally seen Sea Turtle hatcheries in Costa Rica, and in Mexico, and in general they provide a safe space for turtles to lay their eggs, in a protected area, and return to the ocean once hatched without harassment by tourists or predators.

Sea turtles are given legal protection in the United States and its waters under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which declares the following species of turtles as threatened species and thus endangered:

  • Hawksbill turtles;
  • Leatherback turtles;
  • Kemp’s ridley turtle;
  • Green sea turtle; and the
  • Loggerhead turtle.

This designation makes it illegal to harm, harass or kill any sea turtles, hatchlings or their eggs. It is also illegal to import, sell, or transport turtles or their products. In the United States, the National Marine Fisheries Service has jurisdiction over sea turtles in the water, while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for them on land. Other countries have their own conservation laws and regulations that apply to sea turtles.

Some regulations affecting sea turtles are global in scope. The “Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species” (CITES) controls international trade in endangered and threatened species. Sea turtles are covered under Appendix I of this agreement and receive protection from international trade by all countries that have signed the treaty.

As a result of the need to protect Sea Turtles and their eggs, a need has arisen in the eco tourism niche where persons can help achieve these goals.

Some charities that mix volunteer opportunities with fundraising and other efforts to help turtle conservation:

http://www.turtleconservationfund.org/

http://www.conserveturtles.org/

Home

http://www.seeturtles.org/

~Robert Miller

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