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The Man Who Saved Sea TurtlesArchie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology$
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Frederick R. Davis

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310771.001.0001

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“And for the Turtles!”

“And for the Turtles!”

International Conservation Efforts

(p.163) CHAPTER 8 “And for the Turtles!”
The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles

Frederick Rowe Davis

Oxford University Press

By the 1960s, Carr's activities for international sea turtle conservation developed along several pathways. The Caribbean Conservation Corporation and support from the US Navy facilitated Operation Green Turtle which aimed to re-establish nesting colonies of green turtles all across the Caribbean. As chairman of the Marine Turtle Group of the IUCN, Carr envisioned an ambitious program of international activism on behalf of sea turtles worldwide, but IUCN followed a more conservative path and focused on smaller, regional initiatives. The long and arduous process of establishing Tortuguero National Park revealed the challenges of sea turtle conservation. Finally, despite his early support for sea turtle farming as a possible conservation strategy, Carr criticized efforts to develop the commercial turtle farming on the grounds that in the short run it would stimulate international demand for sea turtle products without significantly increasing supply to circumvent poaching of wild stocks.

Keywords:   Operation Green Turtle, Marine Turtle Group (IUCN), Tortuguero National Park, sea turtle farming

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