Photo - Green Turtle (Courtesy of R.P. van Dam).
Species Fact Sheet
Sea Turtles

Marine Turtle Conservation and Management
Six species of sea turtles occur in the U.S., all of which are protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

In 1977, NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly administer the Endangered Species Act with respect to marine turtles. NOAA Fisheries has the lead responsibility for the conservation and recovery of sea turtles in the marine environment and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the lead for the conservation and recovery of sea turtles on nesting beaches. [Four species of sea turtles occur in Oregon. To view the species profiles, click on the links below.]

 

Photo - Green Turtle (Courtesy of Caroline Rogers, USGS).

 

Green Turtle
(Chelonia mydas)

 
Photo - Leatherback Turtle (Scott R. Benson, NMFS).
 

Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)

 
Photo - Loggerhead turtle (NOAA).
 

Loggerhead Turtle
(Caretta caretta)

 
Photo - Olive Ridley Turtle (Courtesy of Michael Jensen).
 

Olive Ridley Turtle
(Lepidochelys olivacea)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


More Information

General Sea Turtle Information
Information and Fact Sheets


Sea Turtle Identification
Species ID Chart