Sea Turtles

There are seven species of sea turtles in our oceans, most of which are found in tropical and temperate waters.

Most sea turtles have a similar life-history, after hatching on beaches they move offshore and spend the majority of their juvenile life in pelagic waters before migrating back to coastal waters when nearing sexual maturity.

Because of this, sea turtles are susceptible to being caught in pelagic fisheries as juveniles and coastal fisheries as adults. This is especially problematic for coastal fisheries that operate near nesting beaches during the nesting season. While species are found globally, extinction risk of regional populations of sea turtles (e.g. Northeast Indian Ocean) can vary tremendously and are therefore need to be assessed independently (when possible). Many of these regional populations are considered threatened or endangered.

Risks for sea turtles

Fishery Impacts