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Tackling Sea Turtle Bycatch with International Fishing Communities

An international program is helping fishers in the Pacific coast of Mexico to reduce bycatch of protected sea turtles.
June 20, 2024 - Podcast ,
A loggerhead turtle swims through bright blue water. The surface is barely visible at the top of the frame. A loggerhead sea turtle swimming in a deep blue open ocean. Credit: Adobe Stock

Massachusetts Cold-stunned Sea Turtles: A Sign of Climate Change?

The number of cold-stunned turtles on Cape Cod are increasing, likely in part due to climate change. We are adapting our response and planning for the future to accommodate increasing numbers.
June 18, 2024 - Feature Story ,
A responder rescues a cold-stunned sea turtle from a Cape Cod beach. A responder rescues a cold-stunned sea turtle from a Cape Cod beach. Photo courtesy of Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay.

Eyes in the Sky: Using Drones to Measure Sea Turtles

What do drones and toy turtles have in common? Scientists are using these tools to measure sea turtles in the wild without ever touching them.
June 17, 2024 - Feature Story ,
An aerial photograph showing a boat and 3 small toy turtles circled in red in the water. These toy sea turtles, circled in red, were photographed using a drone flying at 128 feet altitude. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Swim into Sea Turtle Week

Sea turtles are a key part of marine ecosystems worldwide but 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 17, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Illustrated swimming sea turtles on banner for Sea Turtle Week

NOAA Enforcement Helps Protect Sea Turtles

NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement partners with federal and state enforcement agencies to protect sea turtles in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
May 14, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Two men in vests and khakis stand on a commercial fishing boat with nets at their feet. They are inspecting a net hanging between them. NOAA Office of Law Enforcement and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers measuring a turtle excluder device on a commercial shrimp vessel. Credit, NOAA Fisheries

Protecting Species While Planning for Offshore Wind Development in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

New study proposes a scoring method for evaluating risk to protected species with offshore wind development projects.
July 03, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Surfacing Rice's whale. Rice's Whale. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Celebrating Sea Turtle Conservation and Recovery Efforts

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, we are shining a spotlight on our recovery efforts to reduce bycatch to protect and conserve sea turtles. ​
June 29, 2023 - Feature Story ,

$1 Million for Sea Turtle and Hawaiian Monk Seal Conservation in the Pacific Islands

NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office proposes funding for more than a dozen international and Hawaiʻi-based projects that help the recovery of sea turtles and Hawaiian monk seals.
June 16, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Project staff standing in a sand hole removing nested turtle eggs and placing them on the top surface to count. A field ranger with the Buru Island leatherback turtle project excavates a nest to collect data on hatching success to measure reproductive output. Credit: Yayasan World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia/Dicky Bisinglasi