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Protect Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles
  • Petitioned National Marine FIsheries Service

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National Marine FIsheries Service

Protect Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles

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October 1 UPDATE: More than 120,000 signatures were delivered for the NMFS comment period, but we need to continue showing support for protecting Hawaiian sea turtles, so please continue to sign and share!

My name is Chris Pincetich, and for as long as I can remember, my fondest childhood memories were swimming nearby Hawaii’s sea turtles. My family and friends on Oahu all care deeply about local green sea turtles, known as honu to native Hawaiians, but now the honu are threatened by a proposal to remove protections that have allowed them to thrive.

Over the last forty years, hunting of sea turtles has been banned on Hawaii and now it is common to see sea turtles basking in the sun without fear. If hunting them were again allowed, they would be slaughtered on public beaches for their meat and shells, to be sold to restaurants and turned into souvenirs.

Take action before the October 1 to ensure a future for Hawaiian honu!

Thanks to conservation work by SeaTurtles.org and allies, sea turtles have a fighting chance to recover from the brink of extinction. In Hawaii, they are rebounding from just 67 nesting females to over 800 now. However, their population is far short of the published goal of 5,000 Pacific green sea turtles needed to declare their population as recovered.

The honu are innocent ancient ocean navigators that deserve protection from hunting. The National Marine Fisheries Service needs to hear from you today that you oppose removing them from the Endangered Species Act, oppose the movement to allow hunting of sea turtles, and support protecting critical habitat for the honu. (Proposed rule NOAA-NMFS-2012-0154)

Join our ‘Ohana (family) at SeaTurtles.org to protect the honu, check the box when you sign-on to keep informed!

Recent signatures


    1. New Research Proves De-Listing Honu Premature

      Calls to lift protections for the iconic Hawaiian green sea turtle are premature, according to a new study led by a Stanford researcher.
      Although the number of Hawaiian green sea turtles has increased since 1978 when the species was listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, the population is still be only a fraction of historic levels, the research shows.
      "It's critical to compare the animal's population level to its historic abundance, not just to recent levels," said study coauthor John N. "Jack" Kittinger, an early career fellow at Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions (COS).http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/may/green-sea-turtles-052913.html

      Recovery of Hawaiian green sea turtles still short of historic levels, Stanford-led study suggests

      Calls to lift protections for the iconic Hawaiian green sea turtle may be premature, according to a new study led by a Stanford researcher. Chris Pincetich/Marine Photobank A green sea turtle glides through open water near the Hawaiian Islands. Although the number of Hawaiian green sea turtles has increased since 1978 when the species was listed under the U.S.

    2. Next action to save Hawaiian sea turtles!

      The green sea turtle status review committee at NMFS has not yet released its final decision on the fate of the beloved honu, or Hawaiian green sea turtle. However, NMFS has just delivered a horrific decision to INCREASE the allowed killing of endangered sea turtles as bycatch in the Hawaiian longline fishery for swordfish.

      Please take action today and support this petition to save Hawaiian sea turtles from death on longlines https://www.change.org/petitions/stop-killing-more-sea-turtles-in-the-hawaiian-longline-swordfish-fishery

      Stop Killing More Sea Turtles in the Hawaiian Longline Swordfish Fishery

      Your help is needed now to reverse a decision by the U. S. government to increase the number of sea turtles that Hawaiian longline fishing can catch...

    3. Reached 100,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 2 months ago

      Sea turtles are beautiful creatures that have feelings. Tears of pain or threat is immanent when captured.

    • shannon williams ROCKMART, GA
      • 2 months ago

      sea turtles are important to the ecosystem!

    • Aryan Payne GOSHEN, OH
      • 3 months ago

      My moms favorite has always been turtles they mean alot to her so if its important to my mom its important to me

    • Carol DiPirro MERRIMACK, NH
      • 3 months ago

      Because the sea turtle is part of the ecosystem and has been around longer than us. How dare we wipe out another species on our planet. They are beautiful peaceful and help mainintain a natural balance.

    • Erica Gilbert FREMONT, CA
      • 3 months ago

      See turtles belong in their natural habitat, they also deserve to live we don't want them extinct; animals today are really horribly taken advantage of.


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