Posted on 27 October 2009
Choi, Ga-Young and Karen L. Eckert. 2009. Manual of Best Practices for Safeguarding Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches. Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST) Technical Report No. 9. Ballwin, Missouri. 86 pp.
Sea turtles are ancient creatures, living mostly unseen in the world’s oceans. At certain times of the year, egg-bearing females must come ashore to lay eggs deep in the warm sand of tropical beaches. The nesting process can be threatened by various aspects (e.g., deforestation, lights, sand mining, roads and construction, noise, activity, recreation) associated with beachfront development. Fortunately, an informed property manager can help ensure the survival of endangered sea turtles and their young by implementing simple measures. Recommendations associated with each of these activities are explained in great detail in this manual.