Hawaiian Green Turtle Red List Assessment Accepted

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 […]

Updates from the Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Nagoya

The 10th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is happening right now, from October 18 to 29, in Nagoya, Japan. Thousands of decision makers are attending this important meeting to discuss a plan for biodiversity conservation over the next ten years. Due to its global role in biodiversity conservation, IUCN […]

New publication synthesizes green turtle nesting sites and legislation throughout Oceania

The NOAA-NMFS Pacific Islands Research Office has just released an exhaustive review of green turtle (Chelonia mydas) nesting sites and legislation throughout Oceania.  MTSG member Irene Kinan-Kelly is among the authors of this valuable 52-page publication, titled Green Turtle Nesting Sites and Sea Turtle Legislation throughout Oceania (PDF).  The publication provides a “synthesis of 189 […]

NFWF Announces “Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife”

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has just announced the availability of new funding through their Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife to “support projects that help bolster populations of fish and wildlife species impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”  This includes all projects that have a demonstrable benefit to sea turtle populations that may […]

Images by Paul Hilton document illegal turtle trade in China

Conservation photographer Paul Hilton has posted a series of shocking images on his website that document the rampant illegal trade of sea turtles in Hainan, China. As we have noted several times in the past (see our reports in Marine Turtle Newsletter 127 and 125), this is an issue of major concern for sea turtle […]