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Scientific spat stalls sea-turtle conservation (Nature)

Posted on by Brendan Borrell

turtleA disagreement within the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Fisheries Service has meant that the service is delaying making a decision over whether to elevate the status of a threatened population of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) to endangered. The six-month delay means that the loggerheads will have to spend another summer migrating through Atlantic fisheries under rules that the regulators call “inadequate to ensure the long-term viability of the population”.