Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Five marine turtle species are found in Georgia’s coastal waters – the loggerhead, green, Kemp’s ridley, leatherback and hawksbill. All are listed as federally endangered or threatened. With support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, DNR monitors marine turtle mortality through the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network. Systematic patrols of barrier island beaches provide information on the number and species of dead turtles that wash up on Georgia beaches. When possible, necropsies are done to evaluate causes of mortality. Periodic aerial surveys are flown to determine distribution and abundance of marine turtles during migration.
Sea turtle strandings are the primary index for threats to sea turtles in coastal waters. Updates below.