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.
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 marketDead: -$ added to market -consumer's WTP for turtle (accessories, food, etc.) - loss to ecosystem - loss in tourismBecause 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
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