Tourism Partnership to Ensure Sea Turtle Eco Tourism is Sustainable
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Turtle pops head out of ocean water

The tourism industry is a double edged sword for sea turtle conservation. While many people enjoy watching or interacting with sea turtles, these sightseeing activities may have unintended consequences to the turtles. On one hand, tourism could be excellent for public outreach, educating tourists about how they could help protect sea turtles; and on the other hand, tourism could also damage the turtle's natural habitat or behavior. Thus, the impact of tourism on sea turtle populations can either be positive, negative, or somewhere in between.

Tourism companies often do not have full access to the latest findings from sea turtle conservation research, so the tourists are shielded from learning about the daily challenges faced by both people and sea turtles. By involving visitors in some of our research findings, sharing our passions and educating them about conserving sea turtle populations, we not only enrich the tourism experience, but also expand the knowledge and awareness of tour guides who could become good partners for conservation. In order for tourism to have an overall positive effect for sea turtle conservation, it is important to have a thorough understanding of how sea turtle tourism can be sustainable and eco friendly. Please review the research below as we work together to save sea turtles through an Eco Tourism Program that meets the global standards for sustainable travel and tourism.