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Newly Mapped Sea Turtle Genomes Reveal Ancient Roadmap of Survival

New research paper decodes the mysteries of the endangered leatherback and green sea turtle genomes.
February 07, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Leatherback turtle hatchling heading to the open ocean off Papua New Guinea. Photo: Scott Benson Leatherback turtle hatchling heading to the open ocean off Papua New Guinea. Photo: Scott Benson

Honu Count: Report Sightings of Numbered Sea Turtles in Hawai‘i

A new online survey allows you to report when you see green sea turtles, or honu, with white numbers and letters etched temporarily on their shells. Become a citizen scientist and contribute to a valuable source of data for sea turtles in Hawai‘i!
February 02, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Four green sea turtles with white shell alpha-numerical markings bask or rest on a sandy beach next to a rocky coastline with palm trees, blue sky, and ocean waves in the distance.

U.S. Proposes Strong Protections for Sea Turtles, Totoaba, and Vaquita at CITES Meeting

Representatives from more than 160 countries adopted a total of 46 proposals and reached 365 decisions—a record number—to help regulate international trade of vulnerable species.
December 01, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Sea turtle hatchling on beach.

Reducing Bycatch Through Decades of Research and Innovation

NOAA researchers are recognized internationally for their expertise in reducing sea turtle bycatch using real time turtle excluder device testing.
August 24, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Gear team making real time adjustments to a turtle excluder device being tested. Southeast Fisheries Science Center gear team members, Dan Foster (left) and Nick Hopkins, make real time adjustments to the TED they are testing. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

It’s Time to Act FAST for Turtles

The Fishing Around Seals and Turtles (FAST) program provides guidance on what to do if an accidental interaction occurs, including helpful tips to avoid snagging a sea turtle.
June 17, 2022 - Feature Story ,
750x500-sea-turtle-fishermen-cut-line-safely-NOAA-PIRO.jpg Fishermen: Itʻs OK to help a hooked green sea turtle by cutting off the line as close to the hook as possible. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Exploring Solutions for Sea Turtle Bycatch

This Sea Turtle Week, we talk with Barbara Schroeder, National Sea Turtle Coordinator, about bycatch innovations that are helping sea turtles thrive and how we work with fishermen to reduce bycatch.
June 16, 2022 - Podcast ,
Galv_loggerhead_turtle_t._moore_noaa_via_wikimedia_750_500.png Loggerhead turtle. Credit: T. Moore (CC0 1.0)

7 Sea Turtle Facts for the Ocean Lover

Sea turtles are fascinating creatures. Learn some facts about these much loved marine reptiles.
June 13, 2022 - Feature Story ,
1280x800-hawaiian-green-sea-turtle-iStock_90093231-060816.jpg Hawaiian green sea turtle. Credit: iStock.

Sea Turtle Week 2022

Sea turtles are a key part of marine ecosystems worldwide, but they face many threats today. NOAA works to protect and conserve six sea turtle species found in U.S. waters. All are threatened or endangered.
June 12, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Sea turtles swim underwater

Sea Turtles in a Sea of Sound

Understanding how sea turtles hear and respond to sound is the first step in understanding the impacts of ocean noise on these protected species.
June 12, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Red arrow indicates location of the sea turtle ear in a loggerhead turtle Sea turtles have internal ears covered by a thick layer of scales, skin, and fat. Arrow indicates location of the sea turtle ear in a loggerhead turtle. Credit: Blair Witherington (Permit 25691).