The recovery goal is to delist this regionally important population.
To consider de-listing, all of the following criteria must be met:
- All regional stocks that use U.S. waters have been identified to source beaches based on reasonable geographic parameters.
- Each stock must average 5,000 (or a biologically reasonable estimate based on the goal of maintaining a stable population in perpetuity) females estimated to nest annually (FENA) over six years.
- Nesting populations at “source beaches” are either stable or increasing over a 25-year monitoring period.
- Existing foraging areas are maintained as healthy environments.
- Foraging populations are exhibiting statistically significant increases at several key foraging grounds within each stock region.
- All priority #1 tasks have been implemented.
- A management plan to maintain sustained populations of turtles is in place.
- International agreements are in place to protect shared stocks.
Six major actions are needed to achieve recovery (not in order of priority):
- Minimize boat collision mortalities, particularly within San Diego County, California.
- Minimize incidental mortalities of turtles by commercial fishing operations.
- Support the efforts of Mexico and the countries of Central America to census and protect nesting East Pacific green turtles, their eggs and nesting beaches.
- Determine population size and status in U.S. waters through regular surveys.
- Identify stock home range(s) using DNA analysis.
- Identify and protect primary foraging areas in U.S. jurisdiction.