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Shrinking Sea Turtle Populations – Five Year Report

Posted by Kyle Design on September 24, 2007

Sea Turtle Tape MeasuresLoggerhead sea turtle populations are again dropping, which is disappointing after the encouraging gains in the 1990s. Loggerhead sea turtles are still listed as a threatened species, but the report still didn’t recommend upgrading them to endangered status.

The review was conducted jointly by the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The Endangered Species Act requires a status update every five years, and the review is actually a compilation of previously released reports. U.S. nesting dropped almost 7% annually in the Gulf of Mexico according to the report, with South Florida nesting showing a 4% annual drop. The Carolinas and Georgia experienced 2% drops.

Sea Turtle Night LightsThe nesting areas of the Loggerhead sea turtles range along the southern United States from Texas to North Carolina, with Florida being the largest area. The turtles migrate over long distances and spend most of their lives in the sea and females generally only leave it to lay eggs in nests they dig in the sand. There is another large nesting area for Loggerheads in Oman in the Middle East.

According to the NOAA Fisheries‘ site, “Major threats to sea turtles include the destruction and alteration of nesting and foraging habitats, accidental capture in commercial and recreational fisheries, entanglement in marine debris, and vessel strikes.” In other words, man.

If you interested in sea turtles, you may like to see our other Sea Turtle Gifts and Honu Decor like the Sea Turtle Tape Measure or Sea Turtle Night Light shown above. Honu is the Hawaiian name for Sea Turtles.

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