Present status of conservation and management of sea turtle in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh

Authors

  • MA Hossain Department of Fisheries Management, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh
  • MI Miah Department of Fisheries Management, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh
  • KR Hasan Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute, Riverine Station, Chandpur
  • JJ Bornali Department of Fisheries Management, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh
  • M Shahjahan Department of Fisheries Management, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bjas.v42i2.18493

Keywords:

Conservation, Management, Nesting frequency, Nesting sites, Sea turtle

Abstract

The study was conducted to know the present status of conservation and management of sea turtle in Coxs Bazar district. Data were collected by physical survey, interviewing people of the study area and from different non-government and government organizations during December 2010 to November 2011. In the present study, it was found that two species of sea turtles have been making nest in Bangladesh. Major nesting sites of turtles were St. Martin's Island, Teknaf, Bordal, Sonadia Island, Kutubdia Island, Pechardwip, Inani Beach, Moheskhali Island and Shahporirdwip. A total of 260 turtle individuals were found and the highest nesting frequency of Olive ridley (108) and Green turtles (10) were observed in February. About 21,942 hatchlings were produced and released by the hatcheries as a conservational step. Winter season was identified as nesting season for sea turtle. About 45% of the respondents thought that turtles were beneficial while other 40% of the respondents thought turtles were harmful. It was found that the nesting of sea turtles was reducing and there was lack of knowledge among the people of the study area about the importance of sea turtle conservation and management.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/bjas.v42i2.18493

Bang. J. Anim. Sci. 2013. 42 (2): 131-138

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Published

2013-12-31

How to Cite

Hossain, M., Miah, M., Hasan, K., Bornali, J., & Shahjahan, M. (2013). Present status of conservation and management of sea turtle in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Animal Science, 42(2), 131–138. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjas.v42i2.18493

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