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Swim into Sea Turtle Week

Sea turtles are a key part of marine ecosystems worldwide, but they face many threats today. NOAA works to protect and conserve six sea turtle species found in U.S. waters. All six species are threatened or endangered.

Sea Turtle Week 2023: Reflecting on Sea Turtle Recovery

A message from the Director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Protected Resources, Kim Damon-Randall, for Sea Turtle Week June 12–16, 2023.

Podcast: Protecting Leatherbacks Across the Globe

On this episode of Dive In With NOAA Fisheries, we’ll hear about efforts to recover the Western Pacific leatherback sea turtle from Dr. Alexander Gaos and Ann Marie Lauritsen. Dr. Gaos is a NOAA Fisheries research biologist with the Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. Ann Marie is a program officer for the Marine Turtle Conservation Program in International Affairs at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Video: Tagging Leatherback Turtles

Scientists in the Florida Panhandle capture leatherback sea turtles and apply satellite tags to them. Scientists tag leatherbacks to learn where they are and how they use the water so we can better protect them from bycatch and other threats.

Video: Decoding the Mystery of Turtle Genomes

Researchers examined the genetic differences between green and leatherback sea turtles to see which species might be more resilient to climate change.


NOAA Fisheries Announces Selection of the Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Members

In response to historic declines of salmon runs on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, Congress passed the Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Act and President Biden signed it into law in December 2022. The act requires the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the Governor of Alaska, to convene an Alaska Salmon Research Task Force. The task force will identify data gaps and produce a coordinated science plan 1 year after coming into force.

Pacific Islands

Return to Lalo: Turtle and Seal Biologists Deploy to Papahānaumokuākea for the 2023 Field Season

NOAA researchers on Oʻahu return to Lalo (French Frigate Shoals), a remote atoll in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, to monitor Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles. Monitoring at the Lalo field camp will include counting and identifying seals and turtles at islands across the atoll.

Dr. Charles Littnan Appointed New Science and Research Director for the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

NOAA named Dr. Charles Littnan as the new Science and Research Director for the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. Dr. Littnan is a marine biologist with 20 years of experience in marine mammal and sea turtle science and research.


Embarking on Research to Study Pantropical Spotted Dolphins

The Gulf Pantropical Spotted Dolphin Stock Structure study is one of several marine mammal surveys the Southeast Fisheries Science Center is conducting this year. The primary goal is to collect samples that can be used to inform population assessments of the pantropical spotted dolphin in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Threatened and Endangered Species of the Southeastern United States

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act by getting to know some of the threatened and endangered species found in the waters of the southeastern United States.

Meet Tralee Chapman, Communications Intern

As part of the Faces of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center series, meet Tralee Chapman.

Meet Melissa Cook, Research Fishery Biologist

As part of the Faces of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center series, meet Dr. Melissa Cook.

New England/Mid-Atlantic

NOAA and the University of Rhode Island Partner to Explore Effects of Offshore Wind Energy Development

NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center and the University of Rhode Island have signed a 5-year formal partnership agreement to research how offshore wind energy development will affect marine ecosystems and the people who live near or work on the ocean. The partnership will help offshore wind energy operations occur in a healthy, functioning ocean ecosystem.

Peer Review Paves Way Toward Improving North Atlantic Right Whale Risk Assessments

In late January 2023, a peer review panel convened to examine our decision support tool, used to inform management options related to endangered North Atlantic right whales. The reviewers’ summary report is now available.