Open Access Review Article

Leatherback Sea Turtle Meat and Eggs Consumption: Evaluation of Public Health Significance in Grenada, West Indies

Caitlin Birky1, Satesh Bidaisee1* and Siriluk Pichainarongk2

1Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies

2Kasetsart University, Thailand

Corresponding Author

Received Date: February 12, 2021;  Published Date: February 26, 2021


The Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is known for traveling large distances and are at risk of being captured by fishermen. There are conservation efforts to protect the specie and health risks of ingesting or handling Leatherback sea turtle meat or eggs. This study applied a cross section approach using a survey and interview to assess consumption of leatherback sea turtle meat and eggs. In total 51 people were interviewed, 39 men and 12 women. 37% (19/51) reported that they had ingested turtle meat in the past, and 100% of them ate it fully cooked. 13% (7/51) ingested sea turtle eggs and 85% of time both turtle meat and eggs were fully cooked. The main reason described for the consumption was culture and accessibility of turtles although the practice is illegal. This study confirmed the practice of leatherback turtle meat and eggs consumption and identified reasons for this practice.

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