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Open Access Achievements and challenges of marine turtle conservation in Cuba

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Marine turtle populations have become seriously depleted throughout the world as a result of factors such as overharvesting and habitat degradation. Conservation efforts in Cuba have led to important achievements, with several species increasing in population. However, illegal capture continues, the black-market trade in marine turtle products is increasing, and new threats are being identified. Here, we: identify and assess threats and challenges to sea turtle conservation in Cuba; evaluate the management, monitoring, and protection capacity to address specific threats; and summarize achievements, drawbacks, and challenges over the last 6 yrs. Fourteen threats to nesting populations of marine turtles in Cuba were identified, with illegal fishing and poaching in nesting areas being the most critical. Management and enforcement in protected areas are uneven, and as a result, some nesting areas have benefited from marine turtle conservation, but others remain seriously threatened.

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Affiliations: 1: Instituto Superior de Tecnología y Ciencias Aplicadas, Avenida Salvador Allende 1110 e/ Infanta y Avenida Boyeros, Quinta de los Molinos, Havana, Cuba, Centro de Investigaciones Marinas, Universidad de La Habana, Calle 16 No 114 e/1ra y 3ra, Playa, Havana, Cuba;, Email: [email protected] 2: Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, 5ta B # 6611 e/ 66 y 70 Miramar, Playa, Havana, Cuba 3: Empresa Nacional para la Protección de la Flora y la Fauna, MINAGRI, Calle 42 # 514 Esq. 7ma., Havana, Cuba 4: Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras, MINAL, 248 No. 0603, e/5? ave y mar, Santa Fe, Playa, Havana, Cuba 5: Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida 33132 6: Marina Marlin Azulmar, MINTUR Club de Pesca Cayo Largo, Cuba 7: Instituto Nacional de Higiene, Epidemiología y Microbiología, Infanta No. 1158 entre Llinás y Clavel. Cerro, Havana, Cuba

Publication date: April 1, 2018

This article was made available online on January 2, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Achievements and challenges of marine turtle conservation in Cuba".

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