A Conversation with Brad Nahill of SEE Turtles
R2R: Can you tell us a bit more about SEE Turtles and how you became involved with the organization?
Brad Nahill: I started SEE Turtles with biologist Dr. Wallace “J.” Nichols in 2007 while working with Ocean Conservancy. Both of us had seen how tourism could directly benefit sea turtle conservation efforts and local communities (he in Baja and myself in Costa Rica), but we realized that nobody was promoting sea turtle conservation tourism in a systematic way. Lots of small turtle conservation projects hope to incorporate tourism as a way to generate income and involve local residents, but few have the budget or skills to reach the US travel market. SEE Turtles was launched to the public in early 2008 to fill that need; since then we’ve generated more than $130,000 for turtle conservation and nearby communities.
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