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The green turtle is the world's largest species of hard-shelled sea turtle. They are unique among sea turtles in that they are herbivores, eating mostly seaweed, seagrasses, and algae. Learn more about these marine reptiles.
Recovery Plans for Green Sea Turtles
Recovery Plans for East Pacific, Pacific, and Atlantic populations of green sea turtles are available.
Critical Habitat for Green Sea Turtles
Pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), NMFS is designating critical habitat for the threatened green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) to include coastal waters surrounding Culebra Island, Puerto Rico, and the endangered hawksbill sea turtle (Ere
By the Numbers: The Annual Migration of Green Sea Turtles in Hawaiʻi
Many green sea turtles travel hundreds of miles across the Hawaiian archipelago from foraging to nesting habitat every year.
Green Turtle Nesting Sites and Sea Turtle Legislation Throughout Oceania
A literature review compiled by NOAA Fisheries to facilitate better understanding of green turtle nesting distribution in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, including a summary of legal protections for sea turtles throughout the region.
Men Fined for Capturing a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle
In October 2017, two visitors from the continental U.S. sparked outrage when they posted a photo of themselves holding a green sea turtle (honu) on a Hawaiʻi Island beach. In the photo caption, they boasted about risking a fine to catch the turtle.
Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle Brochure
Educational brochure that highlights the cultural history, population status, threats, and more of the Hawaiian green sea turtle.
Listing Green Sea Turtles Under the Endangered Species Act
NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issue a final rule to list 11 distinct population segments of the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) under the Endangered Species Act.
Conservation Efforts for Florida, Pacific Coast Green Sea Turtles Working, Agencies Say
Two federal agencies issue a final rule revising the listing for green sea turtles under the Endangered Species Act.