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North Florida Field Office

2007 Sea Turtle Five-Year Reviews


August 31, 2007

Media Contacts:
USFWS - Chuck Underwood, 904-731-3332
NOAA Fisheries Service Ė Connie Barclay, 301-713-2370

Federal Agencies Announce Availability of Sea Turtle Five-year Status Reviews

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (Agencies) jointly announced today the completion and availability of six five-year status reviews for federally listed sea turtles: Olive ridley sea turtle; Kempís ridley sea turtle; Leatherback sea turtle; Green sea turtle; Hawksbill sea turtle; and Loggerhead sea turtle.†

Both agencies share jurisdiction for federally listed sea turtles and jointly conducted the reviews.

After reviewing all of the best scientific and commercially available information and data, the agenciesí biologists recommended that the current listing classification for the six sea turtle species remain unchanged.

The past decade has seen many technological advances, a diversity of research, and completion of numerous on the ground recovery efforts for sea turtles through work done by FWS, NMFS, and dedicated sea turtle conservation partners in the U.S. and many other countries.† This has allowed us to better understand the biology of these six sea turtles and in some areas improve protection and conservation measures where they are showing improvement.† Refer to each five-year review for examples and more information on accomplishments and work that is ongoing or still must be undertaken to recover the world's sea turtles.

The five-year reviews and a list of Frequently Asked Questions are available online at http://www.fws.gov/northflorida or may be requested by email to seaturtle @ fws.gov, by fax at 904-232-2404, by mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Attn: Sea Turtle Five-year Reviews, 6620 Southpoint Drive South, Suite 310, Jacksonville, FL 32216-0958, or by telephone at 904/232-2580.† Please include your name and street mailing address in your request. E-mail requests will receive an automated response confirming receipt of your request.

NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nationís living marine resources and their habitat through scientific research, management and enforcement. NOAA Fisheries Service provides effective stewardship of these resources for the benefit of the nation, supporting coastal communities that depend upon them, and helping to provide safe and healthy seafood to consumers and recreational opportunities for the American public. To learn more about NOAA Fisheries Service, please visit: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Visit the Serviceís website at http://www.fws.gov.

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