Title

Growth and estimated age at maturity of Queensland loggerheads

Document Type

Conference Paper

Journal/Book Title

Proceedings of the 14th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation

Publisher

NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFC-351

Publication Date

1-1-1994

First Page

42

Last Page

46

Abstract

Measuring growth rates of sea turtles under natural conditions has received increased attention since it became clear that growth rates of wild turtles are much slower than those of captive sea turtles (Balazs, 1979; Limpus, 1979). Estimates of the age at which marine turtles attain sexual maturity based on captive growth rates have had to be revised. Knowledge of natural growth rates and age at sexual maturity are fundamental for understanding demography, assessing habitat quality, and designing appropriate management plans and conservation measures for these endangered species.

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