Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) in the Gulf of Venezuela: an updated stranding assessment 2001-2014

Rojas-Cañizales, Daniela, Espinoza-rodriguez, Ninive, Rodriguez, Maria A., Palmar, Jordano, Montiel-villalobos, María, Wildermann, Natalie, and Barrios-Garrido, Hector (2021) Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) in the Gulf of Venezuela: an updated stranding assessment 2001-2014. Marine & Fishery Sciences, 34 (1). pp. 113-119.

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Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is highly impacted by fisheries’ bycatch worldwide. This study updates and estimates the leatherback turtle stranding records from 2001 to 2014 in the Gulf of Venezuela. Eighty-six stranded leatherback turtles were documented in the coast of the Gulf of Venezuela. Immature leatherback turtles were the most affected (85.1%) and the highest number of strandings were recorded during the dry season (55.8%). Our findings represent the minimum estimate of stranding events for the Gulf of Venezuela, especially considering the current lack of fisheries regulations. This is the latest update for the leatherback turtle strandings in the Gulf of Venezuela and could help to create new management solutions in the area aiming to minimize the impact on leatherback turtle populations in the Caribbean.

Item ID: 66301
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2683-7951
Keywords: immature, marine turtle, strand, IUU fisheries, Guajira Peninsula, southern Caribbean
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2021 Daniela Rojas-Cañizales, Nínive Espinoza-Rodríguez, María Alejandra Rodríguez, Jordano Palmar, María Gabriela Montiel-Villalobos, Natalie E. Wildermann, Hector Barrios-Garrido. This is an Open Access article distributed under a Creative Commons licence.
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2021 02:00
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 50%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180504 Marine biodiversity @ 50%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1802 Coastal and estuarine systems and management > 180203 Coastal or estuarine biodiversity @ 50%
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