New Report: Why Healthy Oceans Need Sea Turtles

Posted Thu, Jul 22, 2010 by Emily Fisher to algae, ecosystems, gulf of mexico, gulf oil spill, new oceana report, sea turtles, seagrass, why healthy oceans need sea turtles

Imagine a healthy, beautiful ocean. Now remove the sea turtles, one by one.

Not so healthy anymore, is it?

That’s the gist of the report we released today, Why Healthy Oceans Need Sea Turtles: The Importance of Sea Turtles to Marine Ecosystems. The report describes the vital roles sea turtles play in the ecosystem, and how the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is further threatening their ability to fulfill those roles.

As the report outlines, sea turtles provide the following important ecosystem services: