Solomon Islands sea turtle population in recovery after 150 years of exploitation | Pacific Beat

Solomon Islands sea turtle population in recovery after 150 years of exploitation

Solomon Islands sea turtle population in recovery after 150 years of exploitation

Updated 9 April 2015, 10:41 AEST

The South Pacific's critically endangered hawksbill turtle population appears to be in recovery after 150 years of exploitation.

Australian researchers from the Nature Conservancy have been studying turtle data from the last two decades.

They've found that in one key habitat in Solomon Islands, the turtle population has doubled in the past 20 years ... after being on the brink of extinction.

The Nature Conservancy's Richard Hamilton says a combination of factors caused the turnaround.

Presenter: Liam Fox

Speaker: Richard Hamilton, Interim Director of the Melanesia Program at the Nature Conservancy

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