Sustainable use is central to contemporary conservation policy as espoused by many of the major wildlife conservation organizations and is one indicator of a shift in policy away from exclusionary practices restricting access toward more inclusive ones that involve some form of resource use. As with many policies, sustainable use in theory may encounter problems in transition to practice. Problems arise based on the biology of the species or system in question and on the dynamics of the economic, social, political, and cultural systems that guide or regulate use. As a result of these problems, and of other moral and philosophical objections, opponents of applying the concept of sustainable use to wildlife are many. Based on in-depth interviews conducted with 38 conservation experts in 1995, this paper examines the views of a specific group of conservation experts (those interested in marine turtle biology and/or conservation) on the commercial consumptive use of marine turtles and their eggs. Results reveal a variety of positions on use, all of which were justified on scientific grounds. Key characteristics distinguishing between interviewees were how they dealt with uncertainty and their assumptions about economics and commerce. While denying the role of ““other”” issues in influencing their own opinions, experts saw opposing views as influenced by emotions. Beyond the immediate world of marine turtle conservation, results presented and conclusions reached may be indicative of the wider challenges posed by commercial use of wildlife, regardless of the species in question.
Ecological Applications – Ecological Society of America
Published: Aug 1, 2002
Keywords: conservation policy ; marine turtles ; science ; sustainable use
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera