Godfrey’s organization was one of the first groups in the world to establish a captive breeding program, back in the 1950s. “Operation Green Turtle” nurtured thousands of green turtle hatchlings in Tortuguero, Costa Rica, and then transported them throughout the Caribbean to be released, Godfrey said. “We hoped to increase turtle stocks in the Caribbean and start new nesting colonies throughout the region. It was and is a noble cause, but quite simply it didn't work.”
“There are more effective conservation approaches that do not have the same exorbitant financial costs or the negative impacts on animal health and welfare,” D’Cruze added.
Educating the public, for example, about the threats to sea turtles would help decrease demand for turtle meat and jewelry made out of their shells.