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    Sea Turtles of the Eastern Pacific Advances in Research and Conservation

    ISBN-10: 0816511586
    ISBN-13: 9780816511587
    Author(s): Jeffrey A. Seminoff, Bryan P. Wallace, Peter C. H. Pritchard
    Description: Sea turtles are flagship species for the world's oceans. They traverse international boundaries during their migrations, serve as vehicles for marine nutrients to terrestrial habitats, and embody the often tenuous relationship between human action  More...
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    Publisher: University of Arizona Press
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 368
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.716
    Language: English

    Sea turtles are flagship species for the world's oceans. They traverse international boundaries during their migrations, serve as vehicles for marine nutrients to terrestrial habitats, and embody the often tenuous relationship between human action and ecosystem health. The East Pacific Ocean is home to some of the most dynamic marine ecosystems, and the most unique sea turtles. Marine biodiversity within this massive ocean region abounds in mangrove estuaries, seagrass pastures, coral reefs, the open ocean, and many other habitats, with sea turtles often the most conspicuous species present. The distinctive traits of the Eastern Pacific have resulted in the smallest leatherbacks, a singular morph of the green turtle, dark and steeply domed olive ridleys, and the most cryptic hawksbills on the planet. Only now are we beginning to understand how these varieties have evolved. However, the oceanographic conditions that make this an epicenter of sea turtle activity also promote massive artisanal and industrial fishing efforts that, coupled with illegal harvesting of eggs and turtles, have led to declines of several turtle populations in the region. The essays and stories inSea Turtles of the Eastern Pacificdescribe for the first time the history of this exploitation, as well as recent sea turtle conservation initiatives and scientific research in the region. The first third of the book considers the biology of the turtles, focusing on general overviews of current ecological management challenges facing the turtles' survival. The second third treats issues of marine policy related to turtle conservation. In conclusion, the book offers six compelling stories of conservation success. By the end, readers will have gained a in-depth view not only of these magnificent creatures, but also the people involved in research and conservation efforts in one of the most remarkable regions of our planet. 

    Foreword
    Introduction
    Sea Turtle Biology and Human Dimensions
    Biology and Conservation of Sea Turties in the Eastern Pacific Ocean: A General Overview
    Sea Turtles in the Tropical High Seas: Climate Variability, Oceanography, and Ecosystem Responses
    Offshore Oasis: Ecology of Sea Turtles at Oceanic Islands of the Eastern Pacific
    Sea Turtles of the U.S. West Coast: Life in the Higher Latitudes
    International management and Policy Frameworks
    Fisheries Management off the U.S. West Coast: A Progressive Model for Sea Turtle Conservation
    No "Silver Bullets" but Plenty of Options: Working with Artisanal Fishers in the Eastern Pacific to Reduce Incidental Sea Turtle Mortality in Longline Fisheries
    International Instruments: Critical Tools for Conserving Marine Turtles in the Eastern Pacific Ocean
    Field-Based Conservation and Signs of Success
    Leatherbacks in the Balance: Reconciling Human Pressures and Conservation Efforts in Pacific Costa Rica
    Nesting Beach Conservation in the Mexican Pacific: The Bridge between Sea Turtles and People
    Saving the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill from Extinction: Last Chance or Chance Lost?
    Current Conservation Status of the Black Sea Turtle in Michoac�n, M�xico
    Empowering Small-Scale Fishermen to Be Conservation Heroes: A Trinational Fishermen's Exchange to Protect Loggerhead Turdes
    Interpreting Signs of Olive Ridley Recovery in the Eastern Pacific
    Appendix
    About the Editors
    About the Contributors
    Index

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