What does "protection" really mean?@

"Protecting sea turtles" is an abstract phrase. What sea turtle protection involves isn't widely understood.
For example, "baby turtle release" events were formerly held in the daytime throughout Japan. However, under natural conditions, newly hatched turtles head straight for the sea in the night. Releasing turtles long after hatching, when they've lost their vitality, during the day... Is that "protection"?
Also, in developing countries, some people still eat sea turtle meat and eggs.
It's easy to be critical, and say, "Don't eat them," but this doesn't help to protect the turtles. Why not? Because eating turtle meat and eggs has been part of such people's daily life since ancient times.
To be told by those from developed countries, "You mustn't take turtles or their eggs," due to a treaty... It doesn't make sense to local people at all.
Local lifestyles are unlikely to change. Besides, sea turtles have always been harvested.
Protecting sea turtles, while failing to protect the livelihood of people who have long coexisted with the turtles... it's hard to call that real "protection."
Until we find the best possible way for people and sea turtles to coexist, we consider it difficult to use the word "protection" in the case of sea turtles.
However, taking a local viewpoint...
We said protecting sea turtles is difficult. However, from a local perspective, the situation is a little different.
Looking at the situation locally:
  • In some places, turtle eggs are eaten by introduced weasels
  • Many turtles die in fixed fishing nets near their nesting grounds
  • Sand is lost from beaches, preventing turtles from laying their eggs
... These and other specific problems occur. In the case of such concrete issues, measures can be taken to solve, or at least alleviate, the problem.
In response to such cases, we hope to propose the best possible measures available at the present stage, and to make every possible effort to acquire the abilities needed to act.