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Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment

An important part of the Center's research mission is to provide the scientific foundation for conservation and management actions to recover depleted populations of sea turtles. More...


News and Highlights

  • October 5, 2017
    On September 22, NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center released the 1,000th sea turtle rescued and rehabilitated in the Hawaiian Islands. For more than thirty years, NOAA Fisheries' stranding program in Hawaii has been responding to dead or injured sea turtles. This program has collected important information about population threats and impacts while treating injured sea turtles to help support recovery efforts. More...
  • September 26, 2017
    Can you imagine a 1,200-mile commute? Every year, many green sea turtles (or honu as they are locally known) make the 1,200-mile (1,931-kilometer) round-trip migration from foraging habitats in the main Hawaiian Islands to reproduce and nest at French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and then swim back again. More...
  • July 1, 2015(updated 12/29/2015)
    A panel of experts will meet July 27-31, 2015 to review the PIFSC science that informs stock assessments of marine mammals and marine turtles. The panelists will learn about protected species science information needs, priorities and research activities that are relevant to current programs. The review panel will provide input on ways to improve the quality of marine mammal and marine turtle science programs. More...
  • October 30, 2014
    An invitational China/USA Sea Turtle Workshop was convened in Honolulu August 25-29, 2014 under the auspices of the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Bilateral Living Marine Resources initiative and the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science in Beijing. More...
  • May 22, 2014
    Over the past 4 years scientists in the PIFSC Marine Turtle Research (MTR) group have devised and demonstrated a first-ever effective, safe, humane, and practical means to tag newly hatched (5 cm) green turtles, enabling life-long individual recognition of the turtles. More...

Recent Staff Publications

  • January 8, 2018
    Environmental warming and feminization of one of the largest sea turtle populations in the world
    Jensen MP, Allen CD, Eguchi T, Bell IP, LaCasella EL, Hilton WA, Hof CAM, Dutton PH
    [2018] Current Biology. 18:154-159. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2017.11.057
  • January 8, 2018
    Effects of glyphosate herbicide on the gastrointestinal microflora of Hawaiian green turtles (Chelonia mydas) Linnaeus
    Kittle RP, McDermid KJ, Muehlstein L, Balazs GH
    [2018] Marine Pollution Bulletin. 127:170-174. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.11.030
  • September 6, 2017
    Demography of marine turtles in the nearshore environments of the Northern Mariana Islands
    Summers TM, Jones TT, Martin SL, Hapdei JR, Ruak JK, Lepczyk CA
    [2017] Pacific Science. 71(3):269-286. doi:10.2984/72.3.3
  • August 4, 2017
    Number of green and hawksbill sea turtle strandings in the main Hawaiian Islands from 1975 to September 2016
    Murakawa SKK
    [2017] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Internal Report, IR-17-017, 67 p
  • June 30, 2017
    Sea turtle tagging in the naval base Guam area
    Martin SL, Jones TT
    [2017] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Data Report, DR-17-026, 22 p. doi:10.7289/V5/DR-PIFSC-17-026
  • June 30, 2017
    Sea turtle tagging in the Mariana Islands training and testing (mitt) study area
    Martin SL, Jones TT
    [2017] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Data Report, DR-17-025, 42 p. doi:10.7289/V5/DR-PIFSC-17-025