Coming together to save the sea turtle is starting to pay off

When it comes to saving sea turtles–and other endangered species–it turns out that there are no efforts too small. New research indicates that humans coming together at the global level to save the sea turtle is starting to make a positive difference.


Efforts to save sea turtles are a ‘global conservation success story’

A new study of the world’s seven sea turtle species provides evidence that their numbers are growing overall (unlike many endangered vertebrates), thanks to years of conservation efforts that have played a key role in sea turtle recovery — even for small sea turtle populations.  Sea turtles have historically suffered population declines for reasons that include accidental catch and harvesting adults and eggs…
We still have awhile to go…The International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN) assessments of sea turtle status lists six sea turtle species as endangered.

 


 

Journal Reference: Antonios D. Mazaris, Gail Schofield, Chrysoula Gkazinou, Vasiliki Almpanidou and Graeme C. Hays. Global sea turtle conservation successes. Science Advances, 20 Sep 2017 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600730


 

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