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Much like other nations eat pork, beef, and chicken, sea turtle consumption is a longstanding part of the tradition and heritage of the Cayman Islands. Nearly one-third of Cayman residents eat turtle each year.

With respect for that deeply rooted culture, the Centre’s sustainable farming protects wild turtles by curtailing poaching, a great threat to turtle populations worldwide. Reducing consumption of turtle meat is a long-term goal, but in the meantime, keeping legal, sustainably harvested meat available is helping the wild population rebound.

The Centre’s sustainably farmed, ethically harvested supply comes from breeding stock only. The Centre never collects turtles or eggs from the ocean or beaches, and the meat is licensed and tracked to ensure that it doesn’t come from wild turtles. The Centre, with the cooperation of the Cayman Islands Government, conducts aerial and ground surveys of the beaches and waters surrounding the islands to watch for poachers.

This conservation model is non-traditional but very effective. Similar to conservation programs for American alligators and bison, turtle species once hunted to near extinction are recovering.