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Old 03-10-2010, 11:20   #16
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Scientists figured that by removing eggs laid during the first two nights, the rate of successful hatching and hatchling survival might increase. Thus was born an experiment unique to Ostional. Elsewhere throughout Costa Rica, taking marine turtle eggs is illegal. Yet poaching of nests nationwide has been a constant problem due to a traditional demand for eggs for baking and as (supposedly) aphrodisiacal drinks in bars and brothels.
An exception to the law was granted and the Ostional community was legally permitted to harvest a specific amount of eggs for commercial purposes under the supervision of the Ostional Internal Development Association (ADIO in Spanish). Only eggs stamped with the ADIO trademark may legally be sold (packed in sealed bags displaying the association’s logo and sold with corresponding invoices) and purchased in Costa Rica.
The result?
Bacteria has been reduced. More eggs are maturing to hatching. More hatchlings are being born. And the population of Ridleys has increased to the point where they are now coming ashore at more and more beaches along Costa Rica's coast.
Just as importantly, the ADIO eggs have undercut the market for illegal eggs, leading to a reduction in illicit poaching at other beaches.
As ICT claims: "The legal use and allotment of resources plan, far from being an embarrassment, is the pride of the country and has been applauded and recognized by national and international scientists."
Win-win!
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Well, from a travel site so not sources cited but there does seem to be a lot of evidence indicating that it is working.



"The result?
Bacteria has been reduced. More eggs are maturing to hatching. More hatchlings are being born. And the population of Ridleys has increased to the point where they are now coming ashore at more and more beaches along Costa Rica's coast.
Just as importantly, the ADIO eggs have undercut the market for illegal eggs, leading to a reduction in illicit poaching at other beaches."


"As a result of the recovery of Olive Ridley turtles at Ostional, and at some other arribada beaches, the International World Conservation Union (IUCN) has agreed to designate the species as ‘Vulnerable’ rather than ‘Threatened."
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Oh thats just swell then.

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Old 03-10-2010, 12:28   #19
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It is just like the Oyster Programs in the Chesapeake.....

When they try to re-stock the Oyster Bars.....what the Rays don't eat....the "watermen" poach
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Costa Rica is actually a good country when it comes to environmental protection. They do have some legal egg collecting. I actually spent some time at the Caribbean Turtle Conservation station at Tortuguero National Park maybe 5 years ago. They have done wonders bringing turtles back from the brink of extinction.

What you are seeing there is a legal collection after a big night of laying on a beach. Sometimes Olive Ridley turtles will come nest in such masses that they pretty much dig each others nests up and much of the eggs are wasted anyway.

Personally, I don't know why people eat turtle eggs. My understanding is that they taste nasty, but that Latins think they are aphrodesiacs. You can buy Viagra on almost any street corner in Costa Rica so why eat a turtle egg? Its just a tradition, I think, and it is probably dying out anyway.
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sadly the men of many nations think the rarist aspects of nature will restore their once youthful vigor. As if the world needed any more human offspring at the expense of other species.
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... What you are seeing there is a legal collection after a big night of laying on a beach. Sometimes Olive Ridley turtles will come nest in such masses that they pretty much dig each others nests up and much of the eggs are wasted anyway...
Exactly what the links in post #6 say, in more detail.
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Sadly to say the program comes with the equipment and God will not up-date the program. But the memory gets a bit shallow with age.

It seems the female turtles are pretty aggressive getting theirs spread around.
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Easy for you to say!
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Grow up men, more to life than a damn erection.
Without a 'damn erection,' we're done for as a species. Sure, it gets annoying being surrounded by adverts or behaviors which seem to encourage this impulse, but it's literally life in action.

It's a mantle of responsibility which I, for one, do not wear lightly.
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I spent a lot of time in Central and South America in the 70 and 80s turtle eggs were often served in bars as a "Bocas" or "Tapas" raw, if I remember right. Back then no one thought anything of it, I even tried one once, you pinch off the top of the flexible shell (which is kind of like a soft ping pong ball) and squeeze the egg into your mouth and swallow. To me they were awfull but then I HATE the taste of all eggs including chicken's.
Seems terrible thing to do now now but like many things done back then and are not now. I am sure with the idea they make a man more "powerful" I am sure a lot of them are consumed even now. Maybe 50 years from now some of our common practices will be thought of as barbaric too.
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Costa Rica is a fairly long way, from the Northern Gulf of Mexico, and Ostional beach is on the Pacific coast.
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I spent a lot of time in Central and South America in the 70 and 80s turtle eggs were often served in bars as a "Bocas" or "Tapas" raw, if I remember right. Back then no one thought anything of it, I even tried one once, you pinch off the top of the flexible shell (which is kind of like a soft ping pong ball) and squeeze the egg into your mouth and swallow. To me they were awfull but then I HATE the taste of all eggs including chicken's.
Seems terrible thing to do now now but like many things done back then and are not now. I am sure with the idea they make a man more "powerful" I am sure a lot of them are consumed even now. Maybe 50 years from now some of our common practices will be thought of as barbaric too.
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Interesting. I never had the nerve to try a raw turtle egg. Yuck. I have eaten turtle soup in the past made from green sea turtles. That was actually pretty good stuff. I really like sea turtles in the wild though, as opposed to being on a dinner plate. We need to protect them until their numbers come back. Leatherbacks are nearly extinct and they are one of the most amazing things you will ever see on a beach or in the ocean. The first time I saw one, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me.
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You think there maybe a reason why the sea turtles are going extinct?

The Turtle eggs are stolen to be sold.

Americans through greed, arrogance, self entitlement, manefest detiny, and pursuit of the god of consumerisim have managed to rape, pillage and burn the land, air and water of what used to be virtual paradise and want to sit back and pass judgement on Costa Rica environmental practices, get real!
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