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Old 02-10-2010, 23:32   #1
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Shame on Costa Rica

You think there maybe a reason why the sea turtles are going extinct?

The Turtle eggs are stolen to be sold.


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"The photographs are genuine, but they do not depict the illegal poaching of turtle eggs. In fact, the egg harvest shown in the photographs is a perfectly legal and strictly controlled event that is managed by the Costa Rican government and been in operation since the 1980's. Far from being an "attack against nature", the egg harvest is an integral part of a long term conservation program that has resulted in a significant increase in the successful hatchings of Olive Ridley Turtles. "

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Yes but the us shrimprers have to pullthe turtle exclusion devices to balance it out.marc
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Wow, that is terrible! It's apparent the gov't does not really exist there.
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Are all those sacks full of eggs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

None of these little ones coming?

Here's our little baby that we watched dig himself out on Lady Musgrave Island, Australia. We followed him down the the beach and waved to him (or her) as the big swim started.

Those sacks would hold thousands of little turtles like ours
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Sold but NOT Stolen

The photographs are genuine, but they do not depict the illegal poaching of turtle eggs. In fact, the egg harvest shown in the photographs is a perfectly legal and strictly controlled event that is managed by the Costa Rican government and been in operation since the 1980's. Far from being an "attack against nature", the egg harvest is an integral part of a long term conservation program that has resulted in a significant increase in the successful hatchings of Olive Ridley Turtles.

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The business of turtle eggs in Ostional is legal, reasonable, and sustainable

Costa Rica's Tourist Board fights disinformation about turtles | MOON TRAVEL GUIDES

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The photographs are genuine, but they do not depict the illegal poaching of turtle eggs. In fact, the egg harvest shown in the photographs is a perfectly legal and strictly controlled event that is managed by the Costa Rican government and been in operation since the 1980's. Far from being an "attack against nature", the egg harvest is an integral part of a long term conservation program that has resulted in a significant increase in the successful hatchings of Olive Ridley Turtles.

Costa Rica Turtle Egg Harvest Protest Email

The business of turtle eggs in Ostional is legal, reasonable, and sustainable

Costa Rica's Tourist Board fights disinformation about turtles | MOON TRAVEL GUIDES

Olive Ridley Turtle « Ocean Actions
Great set of links. Thanks for the info!

Just because people say it's a good idea to do it, doesn't necessarily make it so. But it looks like they're all over this particular situation and believe it's sustainable. Not much more you can ask for. I mean, it's their country/ecosystem that gets damaged if they are wrong.
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I mean, it's their country/ecosystem that gets damaged if they are wrong.
We live on the same planet and odds are damaging an ecosystem in one place will affect it elsewhere unfortunately.
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The photographs are genuine, but they do not depict the illegal poaching of turtle eggs. In fact, the egg harvest shown in the photographs is a perfectly legal and strictly controlled event
Dang! Gord! You mean I coulda eaten my turtle! Bet he woulda tasted nice...
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Well then..........

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So these people dig up the eggs and take them home to incubate in safe surroundings where they can guarantee an exceptoinally high birth rate, then reintroduce the babies to the sea where they are free to swim away and grow up to breed just like their parents did?

Oh, im so glad everyone in Costa Rica cares for endangered species as much as many hard working environmentalists who spend a lot of personal money on voluntary work around the world to raise awareness and help redress the ballance against nature.
Poor turtles have enough to contend with from plastic pollution and tuna nets, without being killed before birth.
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So these people dig up the eggs and take them home to incubate in safe surroundings where they can guarantee an exceptoinally high birth rate, then reintroduce the babies to the sea where they are free to swim away and grow up to breed just like their parents did?..
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If your interested, you should read the links I posted.

As many as 200,000 Ridleys may pile ashore during rainy season arribadas (arrivals), with as many as 20,000 at a time digging their nests at Ostional during the course of three or four nights. Many, if not most, of the nests dug on the first and second night get dug up again on subsequent nights by later arrivals. The result is destroyed nests, broken eggs, and a high incidence of bacteria in the sands due to rotting eggs and hatchling carcasses.
Scientists figured that by removing eggs laid during the first two nights, the rate of successful hatching and hatchling survival might increase.
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Sure Gord, but what happens to the reomved eggs?

Costa Rican omlette?
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Sure Gord, but what happens to the reomved eggs?

Costa Rican omlette?
Please read the sub posts that Gord provided. All the info is there!
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All I see is an article stating what a great idea it is, backed by scientists, and that the eggs are harvested for 'Commercial purposes'

That spells 'Omlette' in my dictionary, not Nursery or breeding programme.

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