Leatherbacks nesting at the Guianas beaches belong to the last large Leatherback populations in the world.
The Guianas beaches are still a relative safe haven for these gentle giants. However, an international study -based on satellite research tracking 106 Leatherbacks in the Atlantic and southwest Indian Oceans- shows great risks for these populations by longline fishing efforts.
An equivalent of 730,000 hooks per day are set in the deep sea international waters that are also traveled by the turtles. The international study, jointly led by Dr Matthew Witt of the University of Exeter and Dr Sabrina Fossette of Swansea University, found that urgent international efforts are needed to protect the iconic species.
WWF Guianas colleagues Laurent Kelle, and Avanaisa Turney co-authored the report.