Hawksbill sea turtle

Sea Turtles

Hawksbill sea turtle

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Sea Turtles Program is guided by a 10-year strategy to guide conservation investments that will measurably improve the current recovery trajectory of seven sea turtle populations in the Western Hemisphere.


Sea turtle species, once abundant in tropical and temperate oceans, are now vulnerable to extinction as a result of decades of intense exploitation, habitat alteration, marine pollution and bycatch in fisheries.

Key conservation strategies for this program include:

  • Reduce incidental capture in fishing gear - support incentive-based approaches for the development and implementation of turtle-friendly fishing gear;
  • Reduce direct exploitation of adult turtles - create incentives to reduce or eliminate poaching, hunting and directed fishing of sea turtles; and
  • Reduce or eliminate direct exploitation of sea turtle eggs - support increased nest protection through law enforcement, development of alternative livelihoods for poachers, reduction of feral dogs and other nest predators and improve outreach and education to local communities.

By reducing harmful coastal lights, preventing poaching, and controlling predation, NFWF projects have increased the productivity of over 100 miles of priority nesting beaches, allowing hundreds of thousands of new hatchlings to make it to the sea. NFWF in-water efforts to implement safer fishing gear practices reduced sea turtle bycatch by 50 to 100 percent in Canada, Mexico, Peru, and the United States, saving thousands of turtles annually. NFWF has also supported global priority setting, methods standardization and bycatch assessments to increase the efficiency of investments in sea turtle conservation world-wide.

Application Information

04/13/2021 SWOT Decision Key View Now
04/13/2021 How to Manage Your New Grant Webinar Recording View Now
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04/13/2021 Interim Programmatic Report Guidance View Now
04/13/2021 Final Programmatic Report Guidance View Now
11/18/2022 Sea Turtles 2023 Request for Proposals - CLOSED View Now
08/09/2023 Sea Turtles 2024 Request for Proposals View Now

Program FAQ

Are any sea turtle projects eligible for funding?

Applicants should refer to the current RFP or business plan to determine if they have a project within one of the priority needs and geographies.

03/23/2022 2022 Grant Slate Download the PDF
03/23/2022 Program Fact Sheet Download the PDF
12/03/2019 Sea Turtle Business Plan Download the PDF
04/13/2021 2021 Grant Slate Download the PDF
04/13/2021 2020 Grant Slate Download the PDF
04/13/2021 2019 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 2018 Grant Slate Download the PDF
Staff Representatives

Program Director, Marine Conservation

Regional Program Coordinator