Sea Turtles of Okinawa

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What is CITES and how does it affect sea turtles and other animals?

By jhjanicki on Friday,September 30th, 2016 in Awareness, Conservation, Research, Wildlife Trade, No Comments

Sea turtles were first included in CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in 1975. At that time, hundreds of thousands of sea turtles were killed every year for international trade. There are three appendices in CITES for which various threatened species are listed and their international trade […]

Reduce your plastic use as a first step to save sea turtles

By jhjanicki on Sunday,August 7th, 2016 in Awareness, Conservation, Research, No Comments

Most marine debris is made up of plastic, we have over 5.25 trillion particles of plastic in our oceans. Marine animals suffer a lot from our increased consumption of non-biodegradable plastic and from the various practices we undertake. For example, offshore garbage dumping by ships at sea was legal until the 1980s. Massive balloon launches […]