LOCAL CUISINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN - MALAYSIAN FISHERMEN JUSTIFICATION FOR SEA TURTLE EGG CONSUMPTION

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Tsuji Shyuji

Abstract

Sea turtles in Malaysia are severely endangered. Turtle egg consumption is
considered to be one of the greatest treats for the local population. However, a basic
question remained unveiled; how do fishermen consider egg consumption. This
study tries to elucidate latent mindset of fishermen concerning egg consumption
through a systematic qualitative survey. The study is based on interviews conducted
in two fishery villages in Kerteh, Southern Terengganu. The study reveals that
fishermen are little aware of hazard of egg consumption and they have their own
logic to justify consumption. Their reluctance to curb egg consumption shows clear
contrast with their keen awareness on hazard of fishing activity on sea turtles. This
paper offers to highlights present status of sea turtle conservation in Terengganu.
It also discusses fishing gear regulation and reliance on government. These pave a
path to our main concern, justification of egg consumption.
Keywords: Sea turtles, conservation, egg consumption, awareness, and mindset

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SHYUJI, Tsuji. LOCAL CUISINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN - MALAYSIAN FISHERMEN JUSTIFICATION FOR SEA TURTLE EGG CONSUMPTION. JATI - JOURNAL OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES, [S.l.], v. 14, p. 103-118, dec. 2009. ISSN 2600-8653. Available at: <https://jati.um.edu.my/article/view/6226>. Date accessed: 22 may 2019.
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