Despite the coastal and offshore waters of Bangladesh being utilised by both industrial and artisanal fisheries and fisheries bycatch identified as a major threat to sea turtles worldwide the rate and fate of turtle bycatch in Bangladesh waters is still relatively unknown. Observations of sea turtle mortality presumed due to fisheries bycatch have been published for coastal areas in the Chittagong Division (southwestern coast) of Bangladesh, including St. Martin’s Island, Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Peninsula, and Sonadia. A three week survey of three boats fishing west of Cox’s Bazar. however, frequency and outcome of turtle-fisher interactions in Bangladesh waters requires more information to assess the potential threat of fisheries to nesting and feeding sea turtles.
We used the Standardised Dugong Bycatch Questionnaire (MLA-2010) to collect data about fishing practices and turtle bycatch. Participants for the study were recruited between January and March every year in Chittagong Division of Bangladesh by convenience sampling at the representative fishing sites of St. Martin’s Island (Cox’s Bazaar District), Sonadia Island (Cox’s Bazaar District), Teknaf peninsula(Cox’s Bazaar District), Shahparir Dwip interviewed by conservation assistant M.Hossain, K. Kanti, A. Salam Informed consent was obtained from all potential participants before interviews were conducted. The data presented are a sub-set of their responses to the survey, relevant to turtle-fisher interactions.