Critical Habitat Expanded for Endangered Leatherback Turtles off the U.S. West Coast

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 podcastThe previous link is a link to a Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimeron KUOW Radio News that features turtle expert Peter Dutton.

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Photo of leatherback turtle by Scott Benson