Recovery Strategies

Recovery Strategy for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) in Atlantic Canada

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is one of seven sea turtle species globally. This species is broadly distributed in the temperate, sub-tropical, and tropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Loggerheads nest and forage at lower latitudes and also forage at higher latitudes. Nine Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) have been identified globally. Loggerhead Sea Turtles occurring in Atlantic Canadian waters are believed to belong almost exclusively to the Northwest Atlantic Ocean DPS. When in Canadian waters during the summer, these turtles typically occur offshore along the continental shelf break and beyond, from Georges Bank to the southern Grand Banks. Their distribution is driven in part by water temperature, with warmer waters being preferred. There is currently no population estimate for the Northwest Atlantic Ocean DPS. Nesting data are used as a population index. Following a period of significant decline, nesting numbers have shown an increasing trend in recent years.

Consultation period: 2020-07-02 to 2020-08-31

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