chapter  14
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Social and Economic Aspects of Sea Turtle Conservation

For animals that spend most of their lives within the vast expanse of our planet’s oceans, the lives of sea turtles and humans are remarkably interconnected. The history of these interconnections describes effects that are largely negative from a sea turtle perspective — effects that have resulted in declines in sea turtle abundance, extirpation of some populations, and the loss of some unique sea turtle phenomena. However, recently in the history of sea turtle and human interactions, conservationists have begun to observe some interconnections that are not all bad news for sea turtles.