In November 2007, Oceana and the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the federal government to uplist Atlantic loggerhead sea turtles from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act (link) and to protect the key habitat areas for these sea turtles from human impacts.
Currently, the loggerhead is listed as threatened and does not have any critical habitat designated for protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Learn more about key loggerhead habitat areas.
Pacific Leatherback Habitat
In 2001, the federal government established the Pacific Leatherback Conservation Area between Point Conception in Southern California and Cape Falcon in Northern Oregon to help protect leatherbacks while they are feeding in U.S. waters each autumn.
Despite its success in protecting leatherback sea turtles, there has been continual debate over whether this vital area should remain closed to longlines and gillnets and further protection measures are needed.
In September 2007, Oceana, along with the Center for Biological Diversity and the Turtle Island Restoration Network, petitioned the government to designate the Pacific Leatherback Conservation Area as critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act.
The designation would help Pacific leatherback populations recover from their dramatic decline and address increasing threats from commercial longline and driftnet fleets.