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Open-Cycle Hatcheries, Tourism and Conservation of Sea Turtles: Economic and Ecological Analysis


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  • Tisdell, Clement A.
  • Wilson, Clevo


Considers the role that tourism-based sea turtle-hatcheries can play in conserving populations of sea turtles by combining economic analysis of markets with ecological parameters. Background is provided on the nature and development of such hatcheries in developing countries, giving particular attention to Sri Lanka. The modelling provided helps with the assessment of the impacts of turtle hatcheries on the conservation of sea turtles and enables ecological consequences of tourism, based on such hatcheries, to be better appreciated than in the absence of such modelling. The results demonstrate that sea turtle hatcheries that operate for tourist purposes can make a positive contribution to sea turtle conservation, but this depends on the manner in which they are conducted. Possible negative effects are also identified

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Paper provided by University of Queensland, School of Economics in its series Economics, Ecology and Environment Working Papers with number 48959.

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Date of creation: May 2003
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uqseee:48959

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Keywords: ecological economics; nature conservation; sea turtles; ranching; developing countries; Sri Lanka; sea turtle hatcheries; tourism; Environmental Economics and Policy;


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  1. Tisdell, Clement A. & Wilson, Clevo, 2003. "Does Ecotourism Contribute to Sea Turtle Conservation? Is the Flagship Status of Turtles Advantageous?," Economics, Ecology and Environment Working Papers 48971, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  2. Tisdell, Clement A., 2003. "Property rights of landholders in non-captive wildlife and prospects for conservation," Economics, Ecology and Environment Working Papers 48964, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  3. Tisdell, Clement A., 2003. "Notes on Market Failure and the Paretian (Kaldor-Hicks) Relevance and Irrelevance of Unfavourable Externalities," Economics, Ecology and Environment Working Papers 48970, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  4. Tisdell, Clement A. & Bandara, Ranjith, 2004. "Tourism as a contributor to development in Sri Lanka: An overview and a case study," Economics, Ecology and Environment Working Papers 48975, University of Queensland, School of Economics.


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