Kemp's decline: special alarm or general concern?
Marine Turtle Newsletter
Woody (1986) called attention to the fact that the number of female Kemp's ridleys, Lepidochelys kempi, nesting at Rancho Nuevo has continued to decline in recent years. Aside from stating that the US Fish & Wildlife Service estimated a decline of approximately 30% between 1978 and 1985, no indication was given of the rate of decline or of the time remaining until extinction of the nesting population. The present work is intended to provide such estimates and to compare the rate of decline of Kemp's ridley with that of a threatened population of loggerhead sea turtles, Caretta caretta.
Frazer, N. B. 1986. Kemp's decline: special alarm or general concern? Marine Turtle Newsletter 37:5-7.