Sea turtles are making a slow and steady comeback according to a study conducted by Deakin University in Australia. After more than fifty years of conservation efforts, scientists are observing long-term growth in some populations of the world’s sea turtles. The published study details seven species of sea turtles: Flatbacks, Green Sea Turtles, Hawksbills, Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles, Leatherbacks, Loggerheads, and Pacific Ridley Sea Turtles. Out of 300 nesting sites surveyed around the world, 95 localities saw significant increases in the turtle population. The progress comes after years of work and outreach by local communities and environmental groups that have established programs for minimizing pollution and building enclosures that protect the animals from natural predators and unwitting beachgoers.
The green turtle species found in Hawaii is one joyous example of the success of global conservation efforts. Between 1973 to 2012, the Green Turtle nest count increased from 200 to close to 2000; however, many other turtle species showed no change. In the case of the leatherback turtles in the Pacific Ocean, their numbers continued to decline based on the findings. Nonetheless, the scientists are optimistic that the conservation strategies that have been deployed and embraced worldwide the past few decades are leading to positive change. The efforts are a step in the right direction to protect these regal creatures for future generations to enjoy.