Lonely Planet Writer

Green turtle populations no longer endangered in Mexico and Florida

Good news stories about endangered species can seem hard to find, but one positive piece of data about green turtles has just been released that provides hope for conservationists.

Green turtle populations are thriving.
Green turtle populations are thriving. Image by Drew Avery / CC BY 2.0

The turtle populations off Mexico’s Pacific Coast and off Florida’s coast have rebounded thanks to efforts by animal welfare groups who helped prevent their slaughter for meat and their deaths by accidental drowning in fishing nets. The classification of the green turtles has now been downgraded from endangered to threatened so they’re not completely out of the woods yet, but those involved in their protection see it as a move in the right direction.

Read more: mexiconewsdaily.com