42 young Leatherback turtles hatching on Aruba
Leatherback turtle tangled in a fishing net- one of the primary things they are caught in
The graph shows populations of turtles in India. The most important piece is the orange line, which indicates that Leatherback turtles are decreasing.
According to the bar graph, Leatherback bycatch increased rapidly from the years 2001-2004
Leatherback turtles can also get tangled in nets or caught on fishing hooks- It's estimated that 3000 Leatherback turtles interacted with gillnet fisheries in the year 2000
Leatherback turtles often have their eggs harvested in Malaysia and are hunted for their oil and skin in parts of Asia.
Being on the endangered species list since 1970, the Leatherback turtle has recently been spotted in nearly all the worlds oceans. This discovery is sustainable because more Leatherback's being spotted means they can reproduce and no longer be considered and endangered species.
Ron MacLean spots a dead Leatherback on the coast of the Bras d'Or lake, which is supposedly the first sighting of one in the area. This is unsustainable for the Leatherback population because this specific turtle's cause of death could happen again. This discovery could be related to the recent findings of Leatherbacks across the world's oceans.
Scientists claim that the most ideal solution for the Leatherback population is to ban longline and gillnet fishing altogether. Fortunately, as that's not an easy option, devices such as trawl nets have been created allow bycatch to break free.
This list was created for sea turtles in general, but these solutions can save Leatherbacks as well- Reducing beach lighting, making sure beaches are trash free, and being alert while boating and fishing can save both Leatherbacks and sea turtles in general.
Being considered an endangered species since 1970, the Leatherback turtles were close to extinction. With the help of organizations created to safe sea life, Leatherbacks have recently been spotted across the world's oceans, meaning there's still hope for the Leatherback population.