The basic theory of peace parks is applied to transboundary marine environments in this paper. Emphasizing connections across different scales, the ultimate goal of this paper is to resolve a specific ecological conflict: international conservation of migratory marine species in the Caribbean region. Migratory marine species like the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) create a unique dilemma for conservationists. Migratory species require diverse eco-regions for different stages of essential life processes. In the Caribbean region, these life processes occur regardless of political and economic boundaries, creating a predicament for marine conservation. Linking marine turtle harvest and conservation laws of the nations throughout the Caribbean region with a transboundary marine conservation zone may alleviate some of the difficulties marine turtle conservationists face. An extensive literature review of marine turtle conservation generated a potential solution to the issues that marine turtle conservationists face in the Caribbean region. A transboundary, species-based approach to marine conservation in the Caribbean region may be most effective in protecting migratory species like the green turtle.

Paper prepared for the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar/Geography Capstone.

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