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Marine Fisheries - Stranded Turtles Table

Marine Fisheries

Observed Stranded Sea Turtles in North Carolina

YEAR

Loggerhead
Green
Kemp's Ridley
Leatherback
Hawksbill
Hybrid
Unidentified
Total Turtles
 

2005

249

66

30

9

4

0

20

378

 

2006

202

49

41

7

1

0

21

321

 

2007

157

141

29

4

0

0

11

342

 

2008

177

298

59

3

0

1

9

547

 

2009

213

299

113

3

1

0

9

638

 

Assigned Cause of Mortality*

YEAR

Boat Strike

Cold Stun

Pollution

Entanglement**

Mutilation

Shark

Disease

Unknown

Other

2005

58

10

0

4

1

1

31

273

0

2006

35

8

1

3

0

0

25

249

0

2007

33

12

0

10

0

1

18

268

0

2008

32

94

2

47

1

2

20

349

0

2009

37

100

3

16

5

0

28

447

2

Source: N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network Database
* The above totals are for turtles found stranded on the beach and do not include those classified as
incidental captures in fishing gear, as witnessed by federal or state observers.
 ** The “Entanglement” category refers to those turtles found stranded on the beach that showed signs of entanglement, either in fishing gear (commercial or recreational) or debris (rope, plastic, etc.).
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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