Some green sea turtles are now longer classed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act thanks to successful conservation efforts.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries have reclassified the turtles from the breeding populations in Florida and the Pacific coast of Mexico from an endangered status to a threatened status.
“Successful conservation and management efforts developed in Florida and long the Pacific coast of Mexico are a roadmap for further recovery strategies of green turtle populations around the world,” said Eileen Sobeck, the assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries, in a statement.
This doesn’t mean green sea turtles are out of danger – unfortunately they’re still faced with a number of threats including being caught accidentally in fishing nets, habitat alteration and disease.
The global turtle population will now be divided into 11 segments to make way for tailored conservation.
Ms Sobeck said: “Ultimately, this will help protect and conserve green sea turtles more efficiently and effectively, so that we can achieve our goal of recover the species.”
Dan Ashe, the Fish and Wildlife Service director, said: “While threats remain for green sea turtles globally, the reclassification of green sea turtles in Florida and Mexico shows how ESA-inspired partnerships between the federal agencies, states, NGOs and even countries is making a real difference for some of our planet’s most imperilled species.”
Since 1978, green turtles have been protected under the Endangered Species Act.