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Good News for Green Sea Turtles

Good News for Green Sea Turtles

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, January 12, 2016/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, marine life, sustainability, environment

                                          Green Sea Turtle (credit: NOAA, Andy Bruckner)

As an admitted members of that group known as "turtle people", it is excellent to learn that populations of endangered green sea turtles have made a strong recovery in Florida and Mexico. Estimates made of nestings made by the Fish & Wildlife Service, NOAA, and several conservation organizations show that:

"in less than 40 years, populations of sea turtles has gone from nearly vanishing to laying thousands of successful nests on our beaches every year."

The vegetarian sea turtles face threats everywhere from over-harvesting of eggs; being hunted for meat; destruction of sea-grass habitat; entanglement in nylon fishing lines; and diseases caused by marine pollution. The turtles were first added to 'threatened or endangered' lists in 1978. According to the Florida F&WS, nearly 30,000 green turtle nests were estmated on state beaches in 2015 compared to less than 500 only 30+ years ago shortly after being listed as endangered. This population surge demonstrates that conservation and good management produces direct beneficial results.

A short video shows the basic life cycle of these ancient marine creatures and the importance of their nesting beaches:

You too can become a "turtle person" by joining an environmental organization dedicated to marine conservation and protection. Your options might include: the Ocean Conservancy, the Turtle Conservancy, or Defenders of Wildlife.



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