Shell Shocked : Temperature induced sea level rise threatens sea turtle nesting habitat

Authors: Stephen Esmond*, University of Kansas , Haskell Environmental Research Institute, Haskell Indian Nations University
Topics: Environmental Science, Indigenous Peoples
Keywords: Environmental
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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In this paper I will be examining co-management strategies of marine sea turtles and Traditional Indigenous Hawaiians management techniques and how they can aid in the adaption to global climate change induced sea level rise. Given Climatic aspects such as extreme weather events to, pollution and sea level rise, climate change and rising global temperatures have had a multitude of negative effects on marine turtles including both physical and biological. Projected increases in seal level have a high potential to compromise the availability of nesting beaches available to sea turtles in the Hawaiian stock, with up to 90% green sea turtles are threatened. A resurgence of interest in traditional Hawaiian resource management during the last decade has led to wide use of the term ahupua‘a in reference to integrated coastal management based on individual watersheds and their offshore waters. The modern concept of the ahupua‘a may not be totally accurate compared to what it meant to the ancient Hawaiians, but there are many lessons to be learned from the traditional ahupua'a method.

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