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The carrying capacity of pastures of the seagrass Thalassia testudinum, the major diet plant of the green turtle, is estimated to serve as a baseline to estimate changes in green turtle populations in the Caribbean since pre- Columbian times and to set a goal for recovery for these depleted populations. Expand
Increase of a Caribbean leatherback turtle Dermochelys coriacea nesting population linked to long-term nest protection
It is suggested that beach protection and egg relocation provide a simple and effective conservation strategy for this Northern Caribbean nesting population as long as adult survival at sea remains relatively high. Expand
Global Conservation Priorities for Marine Turtles
A new assessment framework was developed that allowed to evaluate, compare and organize marine turtle RMUs according to status and threats criteria, and should serve as a model for conservation status assessments and priority-setting for widespread, long-lived taxa. Expand
Regional Management Units for Marine Turtles: A Novel Framework for Prioritizing Conservation and Research across Multiple Scales
The nested envelope models, or Regional Management Units (RMUs), are a solution to the challenge of how to organize marine turtles into units of protection above the level of nesting populations, but below thelevel of species, within regional entities that might be on independent evolutionary trajectories. Expand
Monitoring green turtles (Chelonia mydas) at a coastal foraging area in Baja California, Mexico: multiple indices to describe population status
Low survival among juveniles, declining annual catch per unit effort, and the presence of butchered carcasses indicated human activities continue to impact green turtles at this foraging area of Bahía de los Angeles, Mexico. Expand
Spatial and temporal variability in somatic growth of green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) resident in the Hawaiian Archipelago
The Hawaiian green turtle stock is characterised by slow growth rates displaying significant spatial and temporal variation and an immature growth spurt, which is consistent with similar findings for a Great Barrier Reefgreen turtle stock that also comprises many foraging-ground populations spanning a wide geographic range. Expand
Conservation status of the loggerhead sea turtle in Brazil: an encouraging outlook
There has been a substantial long-term increase in nesting abundance of this once depleted Atlantic stock since the cessation of egg and turtle harvesting in the 1980s, and it is found that the Brazilian nesting population is probably one of the largest remaining loggerhead nest- ing populations in the world. Expand
Cause-specific temporal and spatial trends in green sea turtle strandings in the Hawaiian Archipelago (1982–2003)
Despite exposure to disease and inshore fishing gears, the Hawaiian green turtle stock continues to recover following protection since the late 1970s, and measures to reduce incidental capture of sea turtles in coastal Hawaiian fisheries would be prudent, especially since strandings attributable to hook-and-line fishing gear have increased steadily since 1982. Expand
Nonparametric regression modelling of green sea turtle growth rates (southern Great Barrier Reef)
Distinct sex-specific growth patterns were found, adults displayed constant negligible growth while inter-annual variability in immature female growth attributable to major oceanographic events was evident, and growth characteristics for green sea turtles resident in the southern Great Barrier Reef foraging grounds were modelled using nonparametrlc regression. Expand
Global research priorities for sea turtles: informing management and conservation in the 21st century
Over the past 3 decades, the status of sea turtles and the need for their protection to aid population recovery have increasingly captured the interest of government agencies, non-governmentalExpand