Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 6-1-2000

Publication Source

NATURE

Volume

405

Issue

2000

Inclusive pages

529-530

Publisher

www.nature.com

Place of Publication

London, England

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

The dwindling numbers of leatherback turtles are signalling a threat to biodiversity in the oceans. A mathematical model based on our assessment of a once large leatherback population predicts that unsustainable adult mortality, apparently due to human fishing activity, will soon drive this population to extinction.

Keywords

Leatherback turtle · Dermochelys coriacea · Reproductive schedule · El Niño–La Niña ·

Disciplines

Biodiversity | Biology | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Evolution | Other Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Population Biology