Recovery plans are a good way. In 1984, NOAA Fisheries and the US Fish and Wildlife Service created a recovery plan for five species of sea turtles. More plans were developed in the 90’s. They include, among other things, threat assessments, recovery actions, and accomplishments.
One strategy used to reduce sea turtle mortality is to reduce sea turtle bycatch– where turtles are accidentally caught in fishing nets.
A great organization you should check out is OCEANA. They do so much to protect the environment in and around the Oceans. A large part of the organization is to help save sea turtles. When you sign up they will email with petitions, opportunities, and just interesting articles and stories. Below is a link, check it out!
The Philadelphia Zoo actually has the Diamondback Terrpain Conservation Program that I got to help out with as an intern there. The Zoo works with the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ to prevent turtle mortality. Besides protecting their native habitat, they took the eggs of deceased turtles to hatch, and we got to help raise the hatchling and release them when they were old enough. It was a lot of fun!
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