In 2004, an ESA Biological Opinion (NMFS, 2004b) for the fishery required an observer coverage increase to a minimum of 8% of total annual reported sets, to ensure that incidental takes of endangered leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea
, were adequately monitored and did not exceed authorized levels.
Croix, was adjacent to the Sandy Point Wildlife Preserve, an important nesting beach for the endangered leatherback sea turtle, Dermochelys coriacea
(Vandelli) (Dutton et al.
The leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea
, is the world's largest living reptile, reaching up to nine feet and 2,000 pounds.
Spotila of Drexel University in Philadelphia, studied the leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea
, one of today's largest reptiles.
Distribution of juvenile leatherback sea turtle Dermochelys coriacea
Fish and Wildlife Service 1994): loggerhead Caretta caretta, green Chelonia mydas, and leatherback Dermochelys coriacea
They observed leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea
(47 total), in all the search areas except off the coast at Brownsville, Texas, and commented that this was surprising because leatherbacks have been found stranded in Copano Bay (Gunter and Hildebrand, 1951) and feeding (about 100 turtles) in the surf north of Port Aransas (Leary, 1957).
Leatherback turtle Dermochelys coriacea
Total hook timers triggered Hook timers triggered with catch Hook timers triggered without catch Number of Common name individuals Percentage Swordfish 389 47.
Beach use, internesting movement, and migration of leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea
, nesting on the north coast of Papua New Guinea.
australis) Bird Crane, whooping Grus americana Curlew, Eskimo Numenius borealis Falcon, American peregrine Falco peregrinus anatum Murrelet, marbled Brachyramphus marmoratus marmoratus Owl, northern spotted Strix occidentalis caurina Plover, piping Charadrius melodus Tern, roseate Sterna dougallii dougallii Warbler, Kirtland's Dendroica kirtlandii Reptile Turtle, leatherback sea Dermochelys coriacea
Clam/Mussel Riffleshell, northern Epioblasma torulosa rangiana Wedgemussel, dwarf Alasmidonta heterodon Fish Cisco, blackfin Coregonus nigripinnis Sturgeon, short, nose Acipenser brevirostrum Sturgeon, white (Kootenai River Acipenser transmontanus pop.