Leatherback turtles have been on the decline since 1980, according to a press release from the Center for Biological Diversity.
The population of nesting sea turtles has dropped by 5.9 percent per
year since 1984. The number of nests dropped from 14,455 in 1984 to
1,532 in 2011.
“This study is a grim warning that we’re not doing enough to save
leatherback sea turtles or their ocean home. The problems they
face--climate change, plastic pollution, fisheries that catch far more
than fish--are problems that threaten us, too," Catherine Kilduff of the
Center for Biological Diversity said in the release.