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Research Priorities and Needs
for Protected Resources in the Greater Atlantic Region

Sea Turtles

The Sea Turtle Program works to conserve and rebuild populations of sea turtles, listed as threatened/endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), in Northeast and mid-Atlantic waters. Coordination between sea turtle research and management is critical to rebuilding populations. Threats to recovery in the marine environment include interactions with fishing gear (e.g., trawls, fixed gears, dredges), channel dredging operations, power plants, watercraft, and pollutants, among others. This matrix is intended to identify some of the research needed (based on NMFS GARFO management priorities) to help recover and rebuild sea turtle populations. The matrix is divided into two sections – mortality reduction (fishery bycatch and other mortality sources) and biological information.

Leatherback Turtle

Loggerhead Turtle

Entangled Leatherback Turtle