The harvested eggs are sold by the villagers and consumed (believed to
be an aphrodisiac??) But the original idea was that these eggs would
be destroyed by later arrivals, anyway, and letting the villagers
harvest them gives them a small income and vested interest in the
turtles (they shepherd the hatchlings into the sea) and it undercuts
the poachers and sets the villagers against the poachers.
The program is not without critics, but it is under govt control.
On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 4:26 PM, Syd Curtis <> wrote:
> For those like myself, unfamiliar with the situation, would you kindly
> explain further, what happens to the 'harvested' eggs. How are they treated
> to produce the increase in Olive Ridley hatchlings?
>> From: Marj Kibby <>
>> Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010 14:01:52 +1100
>> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Re: [hunterbirding] Costa Rica Turtle egg collectors
>> Far from being an
>> "attack against nature", the egg harvest is an integral part of a long term
>> conservation program that has resulted in a significant increase in the
>> successful hatchings of Olive Ridley Turtles.
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