Photo Credit: Blair Witherington/USFWS
March 20, 2015
Today NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed reclassifying the green sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act.The proposal involves reclassifying green sea turtles into 11 Distinct Population Segments globally. This will ensure continued protections for all green sea turtles, while providing a more tailored approach for managers in addressing the specific threats that face each population. Following years of coordinated efforts in Florida and along the Pacific Coast in Mexico, nesting green sea turtle numbers have increased, leading to a recommended threatened status instead of endangered for those populations.