A Sea Turtle Success Story

A Sea Turtle Success Story

Dec 20, 2013| by administrator

As adults, their only known predators are sharks and humans, but due to poaching, habitat destruction, unintentional encounters with the fishing industry and other threats, green sea turtles once came close to extinction. In 1978, they were added to the U.S. list of endangered species, and today, they're making a dramatic comeback.

On their blog this week, our partners at the Sea Turtle Conservancy shared a report by the Endangered Species Coalition that touts the turtles as one of 10 “success stories” of the Endangered Species Act, which turns 40 this month. (Check out the STC’s post here.)

According to the report, “In 1990, fewer than fifty green turtles were documented nesting at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge on Florida’s east coast. After twenty-three years of conservation efforts by the USFWS [U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service] and local partner organizations, this 20-mile stretch of beach hosted over 10,000 green turtle nests in 2013.” The report adds that this kind of growth is also happening in other sites where conservation measures are in place, which is a hopeful sign for their continued preservation.

How can you help? The Sea Turtle Conservancy suggests the following:

  • “Adopt” a sea turtle. If you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift, consider making a donation in the recipient's name. Funds go toward research, education, advocacy, and habitat protection.
  • Reduce the amount of plastic you throw away. Plastic trash that ends up in the ocean can be mistaken for food.
  • Use fewer chemicals, which can affect water quality through runoff. Use biodegradable lawn and garden products when possible, and check with your city or county for proper disposal of things like paint or motor oil.
  • Raise awareness by writing your local newspaper or your elected representatives.

 

Lastly, become a citizen scientist. Holbrook Travel partners with the Sea Turtle Conservancy by offering travelers volunteer opportunities at the STC’s base in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. Visit our website for more information.

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