Death and Taxes: the Case of the Depletion of Pearl Oyster Beds in Sixteenth‐Century Venezuela

  title={Death and Taxes: the Case of the Depletion of Pearl Oyster Beds in Sixteenth‐Century Venezuela},
  author={Aldemaro Romero},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
  • A. Romero
  • Published 1 August 2003
  • Economics
  • Conservation Biology
Abstract: Interdisciplinary approaches have been used not only to interpret past patterns of natural resource utilization but also to provide useful tools for conservation biology and resource management. I report here the depletion of the pearl oyster (  Pinctada imbricata ) beds off the coast of Cubagua, Venezuela, in the sixteenth century and the replacement of the oyster by the turkey‐wing mussel ( Arca zebra ). I used historical tax data to conclude that the rapid depletion of this… 
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