Decoding the Mystery of Turtle Genomes
Using samples from NOAA Fisheries’ tissue library, scientists have sequenced the complete genomes of leatherback and green sea turtles revealing differences in the two species that could help us understand their risks to climate change.
Tagging Leatherback Turtles
Scientists tag leatherback sea turtles to learn where they are and how they use the water so we can better protect them from bycatch and other threats.
Climate Change & Marine Animals: A Conservation Challenge
Climate-driven changes such as higher ocean temperatures and extreme weather events are affecting the health of marine animals—and their ability to survive. Learn how our scientists are using the best available science to conserve these species
Fishing Around Sea Turtles: What to Do If You Accidentally Catch a Turtle
The Fishing Around Sea Turtles (FAST) program promotes communication, co-existence, and best practices when fishing near marine wildlife in Hawaiʻi.
Get to Know Your Pacific Islands Endangered Species: Hawksbill Sea Turtles
The hawksbill sea turtles of Hawai'i are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Get to know more about this species in this fun, short video.
NEFSC Gear Research Series: Going Low to Reduce Sea Turtle Bycatch
Working with fishermen across the East Coast, Northeast Fisheries Science Center researchers tested a new fishing gear design that reduces the chance of catching sea turtles in gillnets. Luckily they had underwater cameras to see how it works!
Sea Turtle Facts
Of the seven sea turtle species in the world, six can be found in U.S. waters. They are all listed under the Endangered Species Act. Learn about these fascinating creatures--what they eat, what the major threats are, and how they reproduce.
Sea Turtle Cold Stun Event in Texas 2021
Cold stunned green turtles recovering on South Padre Island after being rescued from Laguna Madre. Activities authorized by NOAA Fisheries and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Go Slow: Sea Turtles Below
See how Brian Stacy, a veterinarian who works with the National Sea Turtle Program, examines sea turtle health, welfare, and mortality. Part of his work involves investigating causes of sea turtle strandings, which are often caused by vessel strikes.
Reducing Bycatch Helps Restore Sea Turtle Populations
Bycatch—animals accidentally caught while people are fishing for other species—is the biggest threat to sea turtles in the ocean. This project is helping reduce sea turtle bycatch and restoring their populations after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Sea Turtles: Is the Future Female?
Are sea turtles destined to turn all female? This video documents cutting edge research that discovers alarming trends as global temperatures rise, and fewer male turtles are hatching from the nesting beaches.
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