US agency: Maintain threatened status for green sea turtles

March 20, 2015 11:12 PM

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's green sea turtles really should continue to be classified as threatened because its population is smaller and practically all of them nest at the identical low-lying atoll, federal wildlife agencies stated Friday.

The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs petitioned the government in 2012 to study whether Hawaii's green sea turtles could have recovered to the point exactly where they no longer need to have Endangered Species Act protections.

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