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Noteworthy sea turtle nesting records for the Netherlands Antilles / Adolphe Debrot; Nicole Esteban; Rozenn Le Scao; Andy Cabellero; Paul Hoetjes

Journal of Caribbean Science, Volume: 41, Issue: 2, Pages: 334 - 339

Swansea University Author: Esteban, Nicole

Abstract

Until the early 1990s, information on sea turtle nesting in the Netherlands Antilles amounted to little more than anecdotal accounts and sea turtle nesting was considered to be nothing more than a rare accidental occurrence. However, several recent studies have found unprecedented levels of sea turt...

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Published in: Journal of Caribbean Science
Published: 2005
Online Access: http://caribjsci.org/aug05/41_334-339.pdf
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa21276
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Abstract: Until the early 1990s, information on sea turtle nesting in the Netherlands Antilles amounted to little more than anecdotal accounts and sea turtle nesting was considered to be nothing more than a rare accidental occurrence. However, several recent studies have found unprecedented levels of sea turtle nesting activity and have served as an important impetus to succussful new conservation measures and initiatives. We here present and discuss new information that documents several additional sea turtle nesting beaches for conservation on four Caribbean islands, and that serves as baseline data for future reference. While most studies elsewhere have focused on large sea turtle nesting beaches, our findings support the idea that small, scattered nesting beaches could cumulatively contribute significantly to both reproductive output and recovery potential of several species when examined on a regional scale.
Keywords: sea turtle, conservation, Netherlands Antilles, Caribbean, nesting beaches
College: College of Science
Issue: 2
Start Page: 334
End Page: 339