A Small History of the Persecution of Ascension Island’s Sea Turtles

With the occupation of Ascension by British Marines in 1815 and the establishment of a marine garrison on Ascension in 1817, the persecution of the turtles reached an almost industrial scale. The sporadic gathering of turtles of the three centuries before was replaced by a systematic, intensive ‘harvesting’. In order for turtle meat to be available all year round, a turtle pond was built. … More A Small History of the Persecution of Ascension Island’s Sea Turtles