The Leatherback Sea Turtle Could Be Making a Comeback
Is it possible that the world's largest sea turtle may soon be removed from the endangered species status?
The US government is collecting detailed information about a decision that would permanently change the conservation status of the Atlantic Ocean's leatherback sea turtle.
Leatherback sea turtles have been listed as endangered for over four decades, but fishing groups have sent a signed petition to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) asking them to remove their status to threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Fishermen say better information about the turtle's population is important because rules about its conservation status directly impact commercial fishing.
On Monday, February 5th, the NOAA was scheduled to complete it's collection of information and comments, and is expected to make a unanimous decision about the turtles later on in this year.
The Atlantic coast of Florida is one of the main nesting areas in the United States. According to South Carolina Aquarium, leatherback sea turtles migrate through South Carolina’s coastal waters. In 2015, the aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital admitted the first live leatherback sea turtle in it's facility. The turtle, named Yawkey, was found stranded near Georgetown. Yawkey was returned to the wild less than 3 days later after being carefully treated with fluids, antibiotics and vitamins. Thank you to Sea Turtle Hospital!
Good Life Bracelets will keep you updated on the journey as the year goes on, so stay tuned!