Scientists: Rise in sea turtle population unrelated to reduced tourism

  • A honu (green sea turtle) swims over the reef in Kahaluu Bay. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A honu (green sea turtle) swims over the reef in Kahaluu Bay. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

While tourism in Hawaii has declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, sea turtle populations have increased — but scientists say the two are unrelated.