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Sea Turtle Week 2016

June 10, 2016

Join us as we celebrate Sea Turtle Week to highlight these fascinating creatures! Of the 7 species of sea turtles, 6 are found in U.S. waters. All sea turtles occurring in U.S. waters are listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 10 populations are endangered and 6 populations are threatened.

NOAA Fisheries and our partners work to conserve sea turtles every day. This Sea Turtle Week, we are diving deeper into our Species in the Spotlight Initiative to focus on the conservation of the critically endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle, one of our NOAA Fisheries' Species in the Spotlight

The United States has taken significant steps to protect leatherbacks in its waters. Find out more about our efforts for recovery in the features below. Take a closer look at the different ways we study sea turtles. 

Sea Turtle Features
VIDEO: Pacific Leatherback Recovery
Find out learn what NOAA is doing and what you can do to help recover these endangered populations.
PODCAST: Putting the World in World Sea Turtle Day
An interview with NOAA Fisheries biologist and sea turtle scientist Manjula Tiwari, who works all over the world helping communities that live near sea turtle nesting beaches to protect their sea turtle populations.
VIDEO: The Science Behind a Florida Turtle Study
Join Fisheries biologists off the Gulf Coast of Florida as they conduct in-water research and monitoring of green, Kemp's Ridley, and loggerhead sea turtles.
Sea Turtle DNA Detectives
Dr. Peter Dutton is the head of the NOAA Marine Turtle Genetics Program and has been involved in sea turtle conservation for over 30 years! Ask him questions about sea turtle genomics and conservation on World Sea Turtle Day, June 16, 2016.   
What Can You Do to Help Sea Turtles?
Learn how you can help save sea turtles, protect sea and turtle habitat. Read turtle friendly fishing and boating tips.
Sea Turtle Week 2016: Leadership Message
At NOAA Fisheries, we are devoted to the conservation and recovery of these fascinating creatures.
Species in the Spotlight: Pacific Leatherback
The Pacific leatherback is one of eight NOAA Fisheries 'Species in the Spotlight'. Recovery efforts are underway.
Sea Turtle Species Information
How much do olive ridley sea turtles typically weigh? What do hawksbill turtles eat? Explore sea turtle species information.
The Road to Restoration for Sea Turtles
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill harmed thousands of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA Fisheries is working to recover these populations.
Celebrating Sea Turtles
NOAA Fisheries invites you to sit back and enjoy this 60-second montage of sea turtles in their natural habitat.