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  Big money in protecting turtles
Updated 25 May 2004, 14.30
Picture: Alan F Rees/Archelon
Countries are missing out on making loads of money from tourists because they're killing off their sea turtles, according to researchers.

They studied sites in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. They found that many turtles were killed for their meat, leather and eggs.

But keeping the creatures alive is much more profitable because of the growing trend for turtle-spotting tours.

They bring in 975,000 per year, while turtle products bring in just 332,000.

Picture: Matthew Godfrey

Each year, some 175,000 people go on turtle tours at more than 90 sites in 40 countries.

There are seven species of marine turtle, but three of them are close to extinction and three are already endangered.

"This study confirms what we've known all along - sea turtles are worth more to local communities alive than dead," said a researcher.

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