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NOAA Fisheries Celebrates Sea Turtle Week 2017

June 13, 2017

“It’s a promise… I will do what I can.” That’s the message in “My Haggan Dream”, a wonderful video about conserving green sea turtles in the Pacific Islands. It is also the perfect message for NOAA Fisheries’ fourth celebration of Sea Turtle Week. Each day Fisheries and our partners work hard to do what we can to improve the conservation and recovery of threatened and endangered sea turtles.

We kick-off Sea Turtle Week 2017 by highlighting our continuing efforts to improve the conservation of Pacific leatherbacks, one of our eight Species in the Spotlight, with a “Sea Turtle Science” Facebook post. If you have ever wondered what a leatherback thinks about, check out this Pacific leatherback story by Dr. Kelly Stewart, a NOAA Fisheries leatherback expert. We also feature a story on our continuing work to restore sea turtle populations in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Stay tuned throughout the week as we feature additional photos and videos highlighting our other sea turtle conservation work around the country.

Finally, let’s promise to do what we can to continue to work together for the long-term conservation and recovery of sea turtles. Public support is critical to sustain these important conservation efforts. Sea Turtle Week is an opportunity to share with our friends, families, colleagues and our larger communities why it is important to conserve and recover sea turtles, as well as what we can do to help preserve these magnificent animals. There is much each of us can do, whether we make our living fishing, own beachfront property, go boating in areas sea turtles frequent, or are simply concerned citizens. Our efforts should include reducing bycatch in commercial and recreational fisheries; boating carefully in areas where sea turtles feed and migrate; choosing sustainable seafood caught in ways that do not harm sea turtles; reducing harmful development along sea turtle nesting beaches, and cleaning up debris on the beaches and in the water. Check out our "What Can You Do?" page to learn how you can make a difference.

Please join me this week and do one thing to improve sea turtle conservation and recovery. And check out our website and Facebook page each day this week to learn more about what you can do to help conserve and recover endangered and threatened sea turtles.


Donna Wieting
Director of NOAA Fisheries' Office of Protected Resources