Jennifer Pollom

Document Type

Internship Report

Publication Date

Fall 2015


The decline in populations of sea turtles world-wide has led to controversy between two strategies for their sustainable use and management, especially within Costa Rica: consumptive use versus non-consumptive use. This study investigates management techniques within two communities in Costa Rica, including consumptive and non-consumptive uses, to determine best practices and the likelihood of long-term conservation success within each community. Face-to-face interviews were conducted in two communities (Pacuare and Ostional) during June-September, 2015. The research found that in each community differing practices accomplished the goals of moving away from exclusionary policies for conservation, promoting sustainable use, promoting community-based conservation, and employing conservation agents. Given the differing areas, it appears that no single strategy is appropriate for diverse nesting habitats and species, however accomplishing all four goals is necessary for long-term conservation success.


Department: MAF

MPS Track: CZM

Location: Latin American Sea Turtles

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