The Pacific leatherback sea turtle is now California's official marine reptile, and forever a symbol of the state's natural history and conservation ethic. The state of California has designated October 15th this year and every year after as Pacific Leatherback Conservation Day!
Take the Pacific Leatherback Conservation pledge today! Your promise to take actions that protect leatherbacks and their environment is an important step to slowing the decline of these critically endangered sea turtle towards extinction.
The critically endangered Pacific leatherback travels more than 6,000 miles across the ocean from Indonesian nesting beaches to feed on jellyfish along the California coast. Throughout that journey, they are faced with threats such as commercial fishing from drift gillnets and longlines for tuna and swordfish and plastic debris that they ingest by accident. Commerical fisheries and illegal poaching have decimated the population of Pacific leatherbacks to less than 90 percent of their historic population.
Once leatherbacks reach the California coast, they are not out of harm’s way. The California drift gillnet fishery creates yet another deadly obstacle. This fishery is lethal to marine mammals, sharks, and sea turtles which are frequently caught and killed as bycatch.
Add your name below and share the Pacific Leatherback Conservation Pledge with friends and family!
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