Recovery Plan for U.S. Pacific Populations of the Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta)
The loggerhead turtle is listed as a Threatened species throughout its range. In the Pacific, threatened status is consistent with population levels and trends. The stocks found in U.S. jurisdiction most likely originate from Japanese nesting areas and thus activities in Japan which impact nesting success or foraging turtles in coastal waters are of concern. A primary threat to the species in the Pacific is from the incidental mortalities associated with commercial fisheries, particularly longline and net fisheries. This threat must be minimized for recovery of this species. The recovery goal is to delist the species.