Protection of Sea Turtles

Our scientists research sea turtles [pdf] to support the conservation and recovery of threatened and endangered sea turtle species by:

Our sea turtle scientists collaborate with other SEFSC and NOAA staff, academic colleagues, and contractors. Our scientists provide information and analytical results on species status and threats to the NMFS Southeast Regional Director and NMFS Headquarters for the effective management of marine turtles. The information is critical for evaluating the appropriate conservation measures, as required under the Endangered Species Act.

Scientists also provide information to scientists in Mexico through MEXUS-GULF Turtle Working Group. We also contribute to the proceedings of the Annual Sea Turtle Symposia. Scientists also take part in implementing the NMFS Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico Sea Turtle Strategy that is aimed at addressing the incidental capture of turtles in commercial and recreational fisheries along the Atlantic coast.

Major Program Areas

More NOAA Sea Turtle Programs


green turtle
Green Turtle
(Chelonia mydas)
Photo Credit: Andy Bruckner, NOAA

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