A survey of organized turtle watch participants on sea turtle nesting beaches in Florida

  • Published source details Johnson S.A., Bjorndal K.A. & Bolten A.B. (1996) A survey of organized turtle watch participants on sea turtle nesting beaches in Florida. Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 2, 60-65.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Offer reptile-related eco-tourism to improve behaviour towards reptiles

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Reptile Conservation
  1. Offer reptile-related eco-tourism to improve behaviour towards reptiles

    A replicated study in 1994 involving six organizations running loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta watching trips in Florida, USA (Johnson et al. 1996) reported that a third of tourists reported that they would have tried to observe a nesting turtle independently if the opportunity to join a supervised turtle watch was not available. In response to a questionnaire, 32% of respondents said that they would have gone to look for a nesting turtle if they had not been able to join a supervised turtle watch. Loggerhead turtle watches were carried out by six organizations that had been issued permits by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. In 1994, these organisations distributed questionnaires to members of the public that attended turtles watches and were over the age of 15. Of the 1,148 questionnaires given out, 608 were returned and 488 were completed correctly and included in the analysis.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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