The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 778 , Segment 1
Episode: The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean
- Dec 9, 2020 7:00 pm
- 41:40 mins
For hundreds of years, sea turtle fishing was a major part of Caribbean life. Eventually, demand for turtle spread across America and Europe, and the depletion of sea turtles led to the decline of turtle trade. Environmental awareness was the nail in the coffin for the turtemen's livelihood, though you can still eat turtle in the Caymans. Guest: Sharika Crawford, Associate Professor of History at the United States Naval Academy, and author of "The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean: Waterscapes of Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Making"