Interview with Ecology & Wildlife Conservation student Adam Pickles, who went on a trip to Costa Rica in 2014 to help the conservation of turtles
1. What do you feels are the main threats to marine biodiversity
The main threat to conservation that I can see is more of a moral one relating to awareness. The lack of general understanding of the oceans and there ecosystems allow for the misuse and destruction of our oceans. Because people can’t see the ocean system like we do our terrestrial environment, it facilitates its abuse.
2. What was the main aim of your trip to Costa Rica?
I looked at the trip as a means of developing myself as an ecologist and conservationist, to see how issues vary from what we may see at home. I went with the Corcovado foundation to help with the sea turtle conservation program. We did activities such as looking after the turtle hatchery and helped with the tagging of turtles.
3. Do you believe more can be done in the world to help conserve marine ecosystems?
More can definitely be done to limit our impact, I believe that the key is to target conservation at the youth of our generation. Whilst many of our generation understand the threats to our planets, actions to limit these impacts still don’t become part of our everyday life. Targeting the younger generations may encourage positive, green actions to become part of their everyday life.
4. What do you feel are the main threats to turtles in the wild?
The main threats I would choose are pollution, fishing and over time climate change. Plastic finds its way into our oceans. Plastic items are easily mistaken for food items, resulting in sea turtles dying through starvation. Intensive fishing methods impact populations greatly, long lines ensnare and entangle sea turtles.