California Leatherback Day Celebration at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Leatherback turtle by Raymond Troll
Leatherback turtle by Ray Troll, copyright Ray Troll and NOAA 2008.

The powerful leatherback turtle swims 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean to feed on jellyfish that are abundant along the California coast during summer and fall months. As many as 300 of these trans-ocean travelers visit the California coastline every year. While many threats to the survival of the critically endangered sea turtle remain, many partners are working together to ensure that California’s coast is today a safe haven for this ancient marine species. The passage of the California Marine Reptile Bill in 2012 designated Pacific Leatherback Conservation Day on October 15 and prioritized conservation for this critically endangered sea turtle species.

Join the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries, as we celebrate Pacific leatherback turtle science, art and conservation. This afternoon event is open to partners, stakeholders, educators and the public. Through scientific talks, panel discussion and multi-media presentations, participants will hear first-hand about the scientific discoveries that have led to our knowledge about these powerful animals, the species’ status and conservation achievements, challenges and opportunities.

Where:  Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

When: 1-5pm on 6 Oct 2016. 

Immediately following, The Ocean Foundation and the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation are hosting a reception featuring locally caught seafood at the Martin Johnson House, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

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