Sea Turtles

Sea turtle bycatch occurs in several ways, through hooking or entanglement on longlines, entanglement on Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs), and they are sometimes netted in in purse seines. Successful bycatch mitigation techniques include replacing squid with fish bait, using circle hooks, dynamic spatial and temporal measures (e.g. TurtleWatch), and improved FAD design.

SeaLlifeBase is a source of biological and distribution data for sea turtle species. Well illustrated species profiles can be found in the 'Marine Turtles of the Maldives'  (green, hawksbill, olive ridley, loggerhead and leatherback turtles). NOAA's 'Find a Species - Sea Turtles' has information on protection status, biology and population status, distribution, threats, conservation measures and research. Locate handy Species ID guides here.

 

Species

3-Alpha Code Name Scientific Name
DKK OLIVE RIDLEY TURTLE (new FAO) Lepidochelys olivacea (new FAO
FBT FLATBACK TURTLE Natator depressus
LEO OLIVE RIDLEY TURTLE Lepidochelys olivacea
LKV LEATHERBACK TURTLE (new FAO) Dermochelys coriacea (new FAO)
LTB LEATHERBACK TURTLE Dermochelys coriacea
NAD FLATBACK TURTLE Natator depressus
TTH HAWKSBILL TURTLE Eretmochelys imbricata
TTL LOGGERHEAD TURTLE Caretta caretta
TTX MARINE TURTLE (UNIDENTIFIED) Testudinata
TUG GREEN TURTLE Chelonia mydas