Announcements

  • Red List Assessment Updates

    July 22, 2019 by

    We are excited to announce several significant updates to the IUCN Red List status of sea turtle species and populations that were published in July 2019

  • 2018 Regional Reports Now Available

    November 6, 2018 by

    In 2017 the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group launched a new regional reporting initiative that aims to harness the collective power of our global expert members to compile and summarize the most relevant data for conservation of sea turtles in each of the 10 MTSG regions and their respective marine turtle Regional Management Units (RMUs). Through… Read more

  • New Loggerhead Red List Assessments Published

    December 16, 2015 by

    A new IUCN Red List Assessment of the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) is now available online. The assessment was completed by the Marine Turtle Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, a global network of sea turtle experts. This is the second sea turtle species (after the leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea) that has… Read more

  • New Leatherback Red List Assessments Published

    November 26, 2013 by

    First-ever combined subpopulation listing and global listing show variation in leatherback status worldwide. For decades, the IUCN SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group has debated the utility and appropriateness of single global listings on the Red List of Threatened Species for widely distributed, long-lived marine turtle species. The main disadvantage of global listings is that they… Read more

  • MTSG Member Wins Whitley Award for Nature

    August 29, 2012 by

    The UK-based Whitley Fund for Nature awarded Joanna Alfaro-Shigueto, an MTSG member from Lima (Peru), with one of the world’s most prestigious wildlife conservation awards – the Whitley Award. The results were announced during a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in May, at which the Whitley Fund for Nature’s patron, Her Royal Highness The… Read more

  • Hawaiian Green Turtle Red List Assessment Accepted

    July 17, 2012 by

    We are pleased to report that the Red List Assessment of the Hawaiian subpopulation of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) has been accepted by IUCN. As detailed in our last post, the final assessment of the Hawaiian green turtle concluded a status of Least Concern for this subpopulation. This status is a testament to the decades… Read more

  • Hawaiian Green Turtle Red List Assessment Revised

    January 30, 2012 by

    A version of a Red List Assessment of the Hawaiian subpopulation of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) was completed by Nicolas Pilcher, Milani Chaloupka, and Erin Woods and submitted by the MTSG to IUCN for consideration late last year. This followed a review of the draft assessment by the entire MTSG and the Assessment Steering Committee,… Read more

  • Hawaiian Green Turtle Red List Assessment Submitted to IUCN

    October 26, 2011 by

      UPDATE (1/30/2012): After review by IUCN, the Red List Assessment of Hawaiian green turtles has been revised and is pending re-submission. See this post for details. The final version of a Red List Assessment of the Hawaiian subpopulation of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) was completed by Nicolas Pilcher, Milani Chaloupka, and Erin Woods and… Read more

  • New MTSG Publication Defines Global Priorities for Marine Turtle Conservation

    September 28, 2011 by

    We are pleased to announce the results of the first comprehensive status assessment of all sea turtle populations globally in a paper published today in the journal PLoS ONE.  The study, designed to provide a blueprint for marine turtle conservation and research, evaluated the risk and status of each of the 58 marine turtle “Regional Management… Read more

  • Scientists Estimate 90% Reduction in Accidental Sea Turtle Deaths in U.S. Fisheries

    September 14, 2011 by

    A study published this month (PDF available here) estimates that the number of sea turtles accidentally caught and killed in United States coastal waters has declined by an estimated 90-percent since 1990, a dramatic reduction achieved in fisheries where specific regulations have been implemented to reduce bycatch. The report, published in the scientific journal Biological… Read more

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