Sea turtles are some of the most charismatic animals in the ocean, and also some of the most ancient, existing as far back as the age of the dinosaurs. They also serve as key indicator species for the health of many different marine ecosystems, such as the coral reefs and seagrass meadows where they live and eat and the sandy beaches where they nest to lay their eggs.
Sadly, all species of sea turtles are currently listed as threatened or endangered. Every year, hundreds of sea turtles are killed by marine debris such as plastic bags (which they mistake for food), fishermen who catch them accidentally, and unsustainable coastal development projects.
Our Sea Turtle Fund provides grants to projects that focus on better managing our beaches and coastal ecosystems, reducing pollution and marine debris, choosing reusable bags when we go shopping, providing fisherman with turtle-excluder devices and other safer fishing gear, and addressing the consequences of sea level rise and ocean acidification.
Download The Ocean Foundation's resume of expertise on sea turtles.
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