Friday, September 11, 2009

Bahamas (finally) offers full protection for sea turtles

Here is a short article from the St. Lucia Star

What kind of regulation are these?

Notice the quote about turtles being worth more alive then dead... what information would we need to collect in order to empirically test this assertion?


Anonymous said...

This article seems a little strange at best..Does St. Lucia itself have legislation protecting turtles? The last sentence urging St. Lucians towards conservation and the sustainable use of critical natural resources is curious. Conservation implicitly suggests the opposite of use. Sustainability, as many have noted carries a lot of 'weight' in current ecological thinking but has proven difficult to define and even more so to measure.
Derek Alleyne, CERMES.

Anonymous said...

In order to determine whether a sea turtle is worth more dead or alive, one must analyze the monetary value attached to a turtle throughout its entire life and then upon its death.

Living:- tourist attraction
-contribution to ecosystem
-ecosystem value itself
-$ loss to turtle fishers
-cost to previous market
Dead: -$ added to market
-consumer's WTP for turtle
(accessories, food, etc.)
- loss to ecosystem
- loss in tourism
Because the Bahamian government has determined that sea turtles are worth more alive than dead. They have established a very limited regulation - pretty much no use. Sounds like preservation, rather than conservation.

- Jessica Patrick