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Hawaii's Sea Turtles


The ocean waters, reefs and beaches of the Hawaiian Islands are home to the green sea turtle (called honu in Hawaiian) and the hawksbill sea turtle (called 'ea in Hawaiian). The Pacific leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles migrate through the open ocean near the islands. Leatherbacks, loggerheads and hawksbills are officially listed as endangered, while the Hawaiian green sea turtle, or honu, is listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Millions of people enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving to see Hawaii's green sea turtles, which are highly curious.  But now a new threat to the precious honu is on the horizon: Federal actions are being taken to prematurely delist the honu from Endangered Species Act protections. The actions are in response to a petition filed by a Hawaiian group aligned with commercial fishing interests, the Hawaiian Civic Association, which openly advocates for hunting of sea turtles for their flesh and eggs.

The Hawaii longline fishery for swordfish takes a deadly toll on leatherbacks and loggerheads. Read more here.

Photo of Hawaiian green sea turtle or honu, copyright Anita Wintner.


Hawaii honu delisting comments

Hunting and ESA Delisting of Hawaii's Sea Turtles Opposed by Thousands
October 2nd, 2012

Honu Fact Sheet for Download

We Love the Honu of Hawaii
August 6th, 2012

Feds to Review Hawaii Green Sea Turtle Status
August 2nd, 2012

Hawaii's "Honu" Green Turtles Face Hunting with Loss of Endangered Protections
August 1st, 2012

Saying No to Hawaii Swordfish
July 11th, 2012

Hawaii's "Honu" Green Turtles Face Loss of Protections
by Teri Shore, Program Director
April 13th, 2012

Pacific Loggerhead Sea Turtles Declared Endangered
September 16th, 2011

Endangered Sea Turtles Saved From Capture in Hawaii Swordfish Fishery
February 7th, 2011

Take Action to Ensure Endangered Status for U.S. Loggerhead Sea Turtles
June 6th, 2010

Conservation Groups File Suit Challenging New Rule Allowing Hawai`i Swordfish Fleet to Triple Its Catch of Sea Turtles
December 16th, 2009




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Phone: +1 415 663 8590 • Fax: +1 415 663 9534 • info@seaturtles.org
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