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SEE Turtles

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Protecting Turtles Through Conservation Tourism

Ocean Conservancy is launching the SEE Turtles program that links people with sea turtle sites in ways that directly support efforts to protect sea turtles. Going beyond the ecotourism mantra of not impacting the environment that tourists visit, Ocean Conservancy suggests that tourists should make an impact - a positive one - through conservation tourism. Conservation tourism supports communities protecting sea turtles by increasing the income needed for local conservation efforts, providing economic alternatives to end threats to sea turtles and inspiring travelers to take a more active role in protecting sea turtles.

With their tour operator partners, you can see nesting Leatherback turtles in Costa Rica, study loggerhead turtles at sea in Baja Mexico, or study Leatherbacks in Trinidad with Earthwatch. In each site, local researchers share their intimate knowledge of turtle ecology and their inspiring stories of community-based conservation. They have also developed a comprehensive list of best practices for turtle viewing which will guide people to reducing negative impacts on turtles and local communities.

Visit www.seeturtles.org to learn how you can participate in turtle research and conservation efforts while promoting alternatives to threats like poaching and fishing.

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