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Management of Turtle Bycatch: Can Endangered Species Be Protected while Minimizing Socioeconomic Impacts?

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Since society values both, it is desirable to implement management solutions that protect these species while minimizing social and economic impact, even if it is not required by law. This case study analyzed management issues relating to sea turtle bycatch in a small-scale gillnet fishery that targets flounder in Pamlico Sound, North Carolina. A primary goal of this research was to examine the feasibility of achieving both biological and social objec­tives by determining if any compatibility existed between those different objectives. This was done by cross-referencing quantitative social data with management measures that would achieve biological goals. Qualitative data also provided insight into scientific issues, obstacles to management effectiveness, and potential solutions. Overall, this article discusses the possibility of implementing solutions that reflect multiple societal values while operating under the Endangered Species Act.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA

Publication date: October 1, 2003

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