Category Archives: sea turtles

Driftnets: California’s Deadliest Catch

This post is a guest blog from Todd Steiner, Executive Director of the Endangered Species Coalition member group Turtle Island Restoration Network. They are working with other conservation groups to support legislation in California that would put an end to the use of drift gillnets, a commercial fishing technique responsible for enormous amounts of bycatch and the death and injury of many marine species. You can view their factsheet here (.pdf) CALIFORNIA’S DEADLIEST CATCH: The Secret Driftnet Fishery for Swordfish… Continue reading

Kemp’s ridleys losing ground–will the U.S. act?

This is a guest post by Carole H. Allen, Gulf Office Director, Sea Turtle Restoration Project ( In 1906, Richard Kemp spotted a sea turtle on a Florida beach and later had the honor of adding his name to its identification. Years passed with little attention paid to the Kemp’s ridley until June, 1947, when Andres Herrera made an amateur movie that documented, for the first time, an arribada (arrival) of Kemp’s ridleys—some 42,000 females nesting in a single day… Continue reading

Endangered Species Act Bringing Green Sea Turtles Back in Florida

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Fleming, the Florida Representative for Defenders of Wildlife. On a recent moonlit evening, Shannon Miller, Florida Program Coordinator, and I were fortunate to be able to accompany professor emeritus Dr. Llewellyn Ehrhart and several graduate students from the University of Central Florida (UCF) to observe sea turtles nesting on Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Dr. Ehrhart and his team have conducted annual nest monitoring studies in the refuge between Melbourne Beach and… Continue reading

Loggerheads need our help

Loggerhead sea turtles have long been victims of encroaching development, poaching and alarmingly frequent incidental take in fishing operations. Pacific loggerhead populations have declined at least 80 percent in just 25 years. The BP Gulf spill further compounded the plight of the loggerheads, putting them at even greater risk. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) foreshadowed the crisis, writing in a book published four years prior to the spill that “one spill—if it occurred at just the wrong time… Continue reading

Congress considering oil spill response legislation

This week, Congress is considering the a bill to address the Gulf oil spill and prevent the next offshore oil disaster. The Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Spill Accountability Plan will strengthen safety and environmental regulations for drilling, invest in energy efficiency and fund land and water conservation programs. A strong oil spill response bill would prevent offshore oil disasters by improving oversight of oil and gas drilling off our coasts. This is an incredibly important opportunity to demand stronger… Continue reading

Reptiles Slowly but Steadily Feeling the Heat

Recently we’ve been discussing the effects of climate change on various species such as pikas, polar bears and birds. Today we’ll turn our attention to reptiles. Like pikas, reptiles are moving upslope according to research conducted by the American Museum of Natural History. As they move upslope in response to warming caused habitat loss, they will eventually run out of habitat and gradually go extinct. The Museum’s research showed an average shift upslope of 62 to 167 feet, a substantial… Continue reading