Green Sea Turtles In Florida And Mexico Are No Longer Endangered

2016-04-06T20:57:07+00:00 April 6, 2016|

Some green sea turtles are no longer classed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act thanks to successful conservation efforts.

A green sea turtle swims in the waters of Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, one of the areas covered under the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. (Credit: Kydd Pollock/Wikimedia)

(Click to enlarge) A green sea turtle swims in the waters of Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, one of the areas covered under the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. (Credit: Kydd Pollock/Wikimedia)

(From The Independent / Serina Sandhu)-– National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have reclassified the turtles from the breeding populations in Florida and the Pacific coast of Mexico from an endangered status to a threatened status.

“Successful conservation and management efforts developed in Florida and along the Pacific coast of Mexico are a roadmap for further recovery strategies of green turtle populations around the world,” said Eileen Sobeck, the assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries, in a statement.

But green sea turtles are still faced with a number of threats including being caught accidentally in fishing nets, habitat alteration and disease. 

Now, both agencies will divide the global turtle population into 11 segments to make way for tailored conservation. Of the segments, three will be reclassified as endangered and the rest as threatened.

Read the full article here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/green-sea-turtles-in-florida-and-mexico-are-no-longer-endangered-a6970886.html