CPAWS New Brunswick is running a one-week flash fundraiser for our Week for the Wild to help species at risk right here in our own backyard. In New Brunswick, the Leatherback Turtle is a critter that needs your help!
DID YOU KNOW: The Leatherback turtle travels great distances. The species crosses multiple provincial jurisdictions, including BC, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador coastlines, as well as international waters. In fact, their range is so large that scientists have actually lost track of their migration patterns, making it difficult to fully understand their habitat requirements and why they’re declining.
THE THREAT: Leatherbacks are at risk due to a number of threats, including poaching of their eggs, loss of nesting habitat, entanglement in fishing gear, and marine pollution (ingestion of plastic and other debris that is mistaken for food).
WHAT CPAWS NEW BRUNSWICK IS DOING: We are working with governments, fishing organizations and community groups to encourage networks of marine protected areas in the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It is important to their conservation and recovery to provide as many safe refuges as possible for leatherback turtles to find the habitats they need to survive here.