Feds: NW Atlantic Leatherback Turtle Population Listing Change Not Warranted; Species Still at Risk
A new review of leatherback sea turtle science found that seven distinct populations of leatherback sea turtles face a high extinction risk, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The federal agencies released the information Monday, noting that all seven are currently listed as endangered. Neither agency proposed a change to current global listings since a petition to identify the Northwest Atlantic population as a distinct population segment and threatened, not endangered, under the Endangered Species Act was unjustified.
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