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Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Summit

 
  Pacific leatherback sea turtle on nesting beach in Indonesia

Each year Pacific leatherback sea turtles migrate 6,000 miles across the Pacific from major nesting areas in Papua-Barat, Indonesia to foraging areas off California’s coast. These endangered leatherbacks are in a perilous situation, with the population on a continuous decline they will be effectively extirpated within 20 years if current trends continue. Conservation actions are needed now more than ever. The Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Summit this October in Monterey, Califonria will foster bi-national collaboration between California and Indonesia to better conserve the species at both stages of its life-cycle from hatchling to adult. State and national governments and organizations are contributing to leatherback conservation efforts and will participate in the Summit, along with invited dignitaries from Indonesia, but additional support is required to implement effective conservation actions. Please consider a donation to contribute to recovering this endangered species and towards the success of the Leatherback Summit.

To learn more about this cause, read more below.

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Please consider a donation to contribute to recovery efforts of this endangered species and towards the success of the Leatherback Summit. All levels of tax-deductible donations will go towards leatherback conservation.

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Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation
99 Pacific Street, Suite 455 E
Monterey, CA 93940

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About the Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Summit

 
  Fishermen from key islands on transmitter deployment

What makes the leatherbacks so important is that they are "living dinosaurs," having survived 100 million years virtually unchanged. Not only are they the largest of all sea turtles, growing as big as mini-coopers, but they also swim 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean after nesting in Indonesia to feed on jellyfish that are seasonally abundant along the California coast. Despite how amazing they are, this ancient ocean dweller is endangered and at risk of extinction.

In the last 25 years, the leatherback population has declined by approximately 90 percent and they were listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The decline in population is primarily the result of human activities such as by-catch, egg poaching, habitat loss, marine plastic pollution, and climate change. In order to increase awareness, education, and cooperative conservation, Governor Brown signed AB1776 into law that designated the Pacific leatherback sea turtle as California's official marine reptile and October 15th, 2013 the first annual Leatherback Conservation Day.

To manage the population effectively, collaboration between Indonesia and California to conserve the species at both their nesting beaches and their foraging areas is key. In response to the Governor's designation and continued threats to leatherback sea turtles, multiple marine organizations are hosting a Leatherback Summit during the week of October 14-17, 2013 where political and scientific leaders from Indonesia and California will come together to agree on additional steps to conserve the species that include improving bi-national communication, cooperation, and resource sharing.

Please consider a donation to contribute to the recovery of this endangered species and towards the success of the Leatherback Summit. All levels of tax-deductible donations will go towards leatherback conservation.

If you have any questions, please email info@mbnmsf.org

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