COSEWIC Assessments

COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on the Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta caretta in Canada

Assessment Summary – April 2010

Common name
Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Scientific name
Caretta caretta


Reason for designation
This species is declining globally and there are well documented, ongoing declines in the Northwest Atlantic population from which juveniles routinely enter and forage in Atlantic Canadian waters. The Canadian population is threatened directly by commercial fishing, particularly bycatch in the pelagic longline fleet, and by loss and degradation of nesting beaches in the southeastern USA and the Caribbean. Other threats include bycatch from bottom and midwater trawls, dredging, gillnets, marine debris, chemical pollution and illegal harvest of eggs and nesting females.

Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean

Status history
Designated Endangered in April 2010.


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COSEWIC Secretariat
c/o Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0H3
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