Successful Conservation Strategies for Sea Turtles: Achievements and Challenges

Maria Monica Lara Uc, Juan M. Rguez-Baron and Rafael Riosmena-Rodriguez (Editors)
Departamento de Biología Marina, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Mexico

Series: Marine Biology
BISAC: SCI039000

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After decades of research, monitoring, and analysis, we still have so much to learn about sea turtles. As reptiles, they are environmentally sensitive animals and thus can sense acute changes in their habitat. This rudimentary tactic of ectothermic animals has possibly conceded to the survival of sea turtle populations over millions of years. They have endured cooling and warming of the earth. The habitats they depend on have endured fierce hurricanes and erosion.

Now the question remains if sea turtle populations and their habitats will survive the challenges and pressures that humans place on the world. The anthology of research presented in this textbook is diverse and yet so interconnected. We cannot work to conserve wildlife populations without a fundamental understanding of habitat or the range of changes that individuals within a population can tolerate. Sea turtles are no exception. Changes in migration patterns due to climate change, diversity of food sources between species, acute habitat selection for nesting, mutations in genetics, and differences in anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry between species and even individuals make the study of sea turtles dynamic and challenging.

(Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1 - History, Science and Conservation of Sea Turtles in Chile (pp. 1-22)
Carlos A. Canales Cerro and Rocío E. Álvarez Varas (ONG Qarapara, Tortugas Marinas, Chile)

Chapter 2 - The Role of Residents, Tourists and Students in Marine Turtle Conservation (pp. 23-40)
Stephanie Rousso and Carla Sanchez (www.Profaunabaja.org)

Chapter 3 - Biological Monitoring of Sea Turtles on Nesting Beaches: Datasets and Basic Evaluations (pp. 41-78)
Vicente Guzmán Hernandez, Eduardo Cuevas Flores, Pedro García Alvarado and Teresa González Ruiz (APFFLT CONANP; Pronatura Península de Yucatán, CINVESTAV Unidad Mérida, and Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Mexico)

Chapter 4 - Quantifying Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat: Using Beach Profiling and Nest Distribution As a Conservation Tool (pp. 79-102)
Stephanie Rousso, Carla Cristina Sanchez and Cibeles D. Lara Aragón (www.Profaunabaja.org)

Chapter 5 - “Sea Turtle Protection Network”: An Indicator for Tourist and Environmental Sustainability at Los Cabos, B.C.S.-México (pp. 103-136)
Graciela Tiburcio Pintos and José Luis Escalante Arriola (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur/H. XI Ayuntamiento de Los Cabos; H. XI Ayuntamiento de Los Cabos, and Red para Protección de la Tortuga Marina en el Mpio. de Los Cabos, BCS, Mexico)

Chapter 6 - Health Issues in Sea Turtles: Barnacles, Snails and Leeches (pp. 137-152)
Gustavo Hinojosa Arango, Ma. Monica Lara Uc, Juan Manuel López Vivas and Rafael Riosmena-Rodriguez (Centro para la Biodiversidad Marina y la Conservación A.C. Calle del Pirata No. 420 La Paz, BCS, and Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Apdo. Postal 19-B, La Paz, Baja California Sur, México)

Chapter 7 - Past, Present and Future of Conservation of Sea Turtles in Mexico (pp. 153-172)
Ma. Mónica Lara Uc, Gustavo Hinojosa Arango, Juan Manuel López Vivas, Rafael Riosmena-Rodriguez and Isis Santiesteban (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Apdo. Postal 19-B, La Paz, Baja California Sur; Centro para la Biodiversidad Marina y la Conservación A.C. Calle del Pirata No. 420 La Paz, BCS, and Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP), Dirección Regional Península de Baja California y Pacifico Norte. La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico)

Chapter 8 - Sea Turtles and Conservation Challenges in the Peninsula of Baja California (pp. 173-188)
Gustavo Hinojosa Arango, Ma. Monica Lara Uc, Juan Manuel López Vivas and Rafael Riosmena-Rodríguez (Centro para la Biodiversidad Marina y la Conservación A.C. Calle del Pirata #420, Fracc. Benito Juárez, La Paz, BCS; The SFS Center for Wetland Studies Mexico A.C. Calle Puerto Acapulco s/n. Pto. San Carlos, BCS, and Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Mexico)

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