Florida's Marine Turtle Protection Program: Seeking Solutions

by DAvid W. Arnold, Florida Dep of Natural Resources, Tallahassee, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


The State of Florida is attempting to assist in the recovery of endangered and threatened marine turtles. This paper describes the multi-leveled approach being utilized to address threats to nesting marine turtles. A similar approach is being implemented to protect marine turtles in the marine environment. The Department is constantly seeking solutions which will be both effective and politically acceptable in an atmosphere which has become increasingly hostile since the economic impacts of endangered species protection have become hotly debated topics. The challenge presented by the perceived need to include both economic and scientific factors in the decision-making process when considering the protection of marine turtles is also discussed. Finally, the immediate and long-range future of Florida's marine turtle protection program is presented.

Subject Headings: Economic factors | Wildlife | Seas and oceans | Endangered species | Environmental engineering | Engineering profession | Ecological restoration | Florida | United States

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