National Marine FIsheries Service: Protect Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles
New Research Proves De-Listing Honu Premature
May 30, 2013 — 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