The National Marine Fisheries Service has designated almost 42,000 square miles of marine habitat along the U.S. west coast as critical habitat for the endangered leatherback sea turtle. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2012. To learn more about the added protections for this species, listen to a podcaston KUOW Radio News that features turtle expert Peter Dutton.
For more information on sea turtle research, please visit our Marine Turtle Website.
Photo of leatherback turtle by Scott Benson