Characterization of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles in the Florida Big Bend Area: Final report

Barichivich, William J. and Sulak, Kenneth J. and Carthy, Raymond R. (1998) Characterization of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles in the Florida Big Bend Area: Final report. Gainesville, FL, University of Florida, Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit,

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Abstract

The Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempo is considered the most endangered of the seven extant marine turtle species (Ross et al. 1989). The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) estimate the breeding population at 1,500 to 3,000 individuals. The nesting population has been reduced from approximately 40,000 on one day to no more than 700 annually (Magnuson et al. 1990, USFWS & NMFS 1992). Conservation measures for the species have focused on the protection of the nesting beach, captive rearing (head starting), and the implementation of turtle excluder devices (TEDs) on shrimp nets. Five hundred to 5,000 ridleys are still taken incidentally yearly by shrimp trawls (Magnuson et al. 1990). Lack of knowledge about early life stages of the Kemp's ridley sea turtle currently hinders recovery efforts for this federally listed species. (Document has 18 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Characterization of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles in the Florida Big Bend Area: Final report
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Barichivich, William J.
Sulak, Kenneth J.
Carthy, Raymond R.
Date: 1998
Publisher: University of Florida, Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Place of Publication: Gainesville, FL
Latitude: 30.0724
Longitude: -84.0324
Projects: Research Work Order no. 177
Issuing Agency: Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kemp's ridley sea turtle; Lepidochelys kempi; Florida; Apalachee Bay
Subjects: Conservation
Biology
Item ID: 956
Depositing User: Stephanie Haas
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2008 17:55
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 21:21
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/956

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