Food color and marine turtle feeding behavior: Can blue bait reduce turtle bycatch in commercial fisheries?

Abstract

We conducted laboratory and field experiments to investigate the behavioral responses of Kemp’s ridley Lepidochelys kempii and loggerhead turtles Caretta caretta to whole squid dyed different colors. Our ultimate goal was to identify bait modifications that could reduce the interaction of turtles with longline fishing gear. In captivity, both turtle species… (More)

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