Anthropology, sustainability and the case of Mexico's sea turtles
AuthorPiper, Jessie Celeste, 1950-
AdvisorNetting, Robert M.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractMexico was formerly an important breeding ground for six marine turtle species. Over the last several decades, overexploitation of turtles for their meat, eggs, and hides, as well as habitat destruction, has led to alarming rates of decline in all species. The problem of sea turtle conservation is a promising area for questions of anthropology and sustainable human systems because decline of these species is related to unsustainable development and subsistence practices that have disenfranchised small coastal fishing cooperatives. Common property resource theory aids the analysis of the context in which overexploitation takes place. Conserving sea turtles will depend on the development of localized institutions for managing natural resources in perpetuity and for negotiating the array of regional, national, and global factors relevant to sea turtle endangerment and preservation. Anthropology can play a vital role in this process of developing sustainable interactions between human subsistence needs and natural resource conservation.