“The knowledge that green sea turtles can overcome illegal harvest, plastic pollution and warming waters testifies to their resilience,” said Catherine Kilduff of the Center for Biological Diversity, a conservation group.
In partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, the federal agency also announced they would be dividing the world-traveling turtles into 11 distinct population segments globally, to allow for tailored conservation approaches for each population, while maintaining federal protections for all turtles.
“While threats remain for green sea turtles globally, the reclassification of green sea turtles in Florida and Mexico shows how the Endangered Species Act-inspired partnerships between the federal agencies, states, NGOs and even countries is making a real difference for some of our planet’s most imperiled species,” said Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe.
A motion to lift the green sea turtles’ endangered status was proposed last year and reviewed after public comment.
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