State of Hawai'i: Keep Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles on the Endangered Species List!
Hello my name is Kim and I live in Hawai'i. I am an avid scuba diver, scuba instructor and have aided in the capture and release of many injured sea turtles due to fishing and ocean debris. I am also active in counting and monitoring the sea turtles with several agencies. I care very deeply about the health of our oceans and protecting all marine life including our Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, known as Honu in Hawaiian. I am here to request your “opposition" on HCR14, which urge the federal government to remove the honu from protections under the Endangered Species Act. Based on the science, I do not think honu populations have recovered to the point of being removed from the Endangered Species List. An average of 400 to 500 Hawaiian green sea turtles nested every year between 2002 and 2010. Last year a record 843 green sea turtles nested. However those numbers fall far short of the requirement that 5,000 green sea turtles must nest each year for six consecutive years in order to reach recovery goals under the Endangered Species Act. Just a thought...some of the turtles we have around the islands have resided in our waters before WWII. In a 2004 Green Turtle Assessment , the Marine Turtle Specialist Group (MTSG) of the IUCN classified green turtles as endangered globally. Analyses of historic and recent abundance information by the MTSG indicates that extensive population declines have occurred in all major ocean basins over approximately the past 100-150 years. The MTSG analyzed population trends at 32 index nesting sites around the world and found a 48-65% decline in the number of mature females nesting annually over the past 100-150 years. Threats -harvest of eggs and adults -incidental capture in fishing gear -fibropapillomatosis (disease) -general threats to marine turtles -loss of habitat-increase of boating related deaths-human development and destruction of nesting beaches The principal cause of the historical, decline of the green turtle is long-term harvest of eggs and adults on nesting beaches and juveniles and adults on feeding grounds. These harvests continues to compromise efforts to recover this species. Incidental capture in fishing gear, primarily in gillnets, but also in trawls, traps and pots, longlines, and dredges is a serious ongoing source of mortality that also adversely affects the species' recovery. For more information: www.tirn.net (Turtle Island Restoration Network) Please take a moment to let the State of Hawai'i know you oppose taking these beautiful and much loved sea turtles off the endangered species list!!! TWO STEPS: 1) It will take approximately 10 seconds to complete your opposition on the link below. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HCR&billnumber=14&year=2013 2) sign this petition to the recipients. Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much) Pictured above is a honu caught in a fishing hook. (picture courtesy and copywrite protected by Scubadrew Videoworks)