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Marine Turtles of the Indian Subcontinent

Kartik Shanker (Editor) B.C. Choudhury (Editor)
Synopsis Marine turtles become accessible to humans for brief episodes in their life history, when they leave the open oceans and lumber onshore to nest. These giant air-breathing turtles belong to the most ancient line of living reptiles; however, poaching and egg depredation, development along ocean and coastal zones, and the rapid expansion and mechanisation of the fishing sector in the last few decades have severely endangered these tenacious survivors. Five of the world's seven species of marine turtles occur on the Indian subcontinent. Many of these form part of regionally or globally important populations. Unfortunately, information for most sites and populations is unavailable or outdated, deriving from the initial path-finding surveys that were conduct between the early '70s and '90s. A GOI--UNDP -sponsored project was carried out between 2000-02 to update information on the status of India's marine turtles and to provide an impetus to participatory conservation. This  book documents the results of surveys carried out under that sea turtle project. Features: Status surveys conducted along the east and west coasts of the Indian mainland, the Lakshadweep archipelago, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.  Status of marine turtles in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Review of fishery-related issues, including causes and effects of incidental mortality, and potential solutions such as turtle excluder devices. Review of conservation efforts. Legislation and international instruments pertaining to marine turtle conservation.  Research on the biology of marine turtles and methods to conserve their habitats.
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About the author

Kartik Shanker

Kartik Shanker is faculty at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and adjunct fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore. He started his work on marine turtles in 1988 as a founder-member of the Students’ Sea Turtle Conservation Network, Chennai. He has worked on conservation genetics of marine turtles on the east and west coasts of India and in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He is currently coordinating a collaborative project on networking and monitoring marine turtles throughout India. His coastal and marine conservation programme at ATREE works on policy and governance issues, focusing on marine turtle conservation in Orissa. He is editor of the Indian Ocean Turtle Newsletter, a newsletter for the conservation and management of marine turtles in the Indian Ocean; Regional Vice Chair (South Asia), IUCN/SSC marine Turtle Specialist Group; and executive editor of Conservation and Society.

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Bibliographic information

Title Marine Turtles of the Indian Subcontinent
Format Softcover
Date published: 19.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173715661
length xiv+418p., Tables; Figures; Plates; Maps; 24cm.