Report: Hundreds of Florida Sea Turtles Drowning in Fishing Gear
Monday, July 14, 2008
Pensacola, FL – It's that time of year when Florida's sea turtles get special treatment, with nesting sites roped off and beach businesses dimming their lights so nesting isn't interrupted. But once back in the water, almost 800 loggerhead sea turtles die each year when they get caught in trawl fishing gear, according to a new report from Oceana.
Marine wildlife scientist Elizabeth Griffin says while shrimp trawls are required to install devices that give turtles escape routes, they're the only trawls that have that rule.
"What people don't know is that there are other sorts of trawl fisheries, and these are killing large numbers of sea turtles."
Oceana is asking the National Marine Fisheries Service to require turtle escape devices on all trawls. And they want trawl fishing gear pulled from the water when sea turtles are most abundant –- a request the fishing industry says could send some trawlers out of business.
However, Griffin warns that sea turtles are disappearing fast, even though they're listed as a threatened species.
"The greatest number of these sea turtles nest in Florida -- about 90 percent of the population. Nesting is down in Florida by 50 percent over the past decade."
The full report is at www.oceana.org.
get more stories like this via email
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansans ages 16 to 26 who are or have been in the foster-care system now are eligible for one-time payments of at least $750…
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jessica Molina of Perrysburg says she was inspired as a child by the spirit of activism, as she watched her parents participate in …
HARRISBURG, Pa. - U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., wants to bring back the Civilian Conservation Corps, a public-works program from the 1930s that created …
Health and Wellness
CHICAGO - Overdose deaths in Illinois rose by more than a quarter from 2019 to 2020, and medical experts are warning that pills not prescribed by a …
Health and Wellness
MINNEAPOLIS - As COVID cases trend upward again, public-health experts are setting the record straight on certain storylines about new infections…
APPLETON, Wis. - The pandemic paused many facets of life, and a new report says wellness checkups for children were among them. With school resuming …
ALBANY, N.Y. - A ballot measure could give New York residents the constitutional right to a healthy environment, and on Tuesday a group of state …
SALEM, Ore. - Young people of color are locked up at disproportionately high rates compared with their white peers, despite recent signs the gap is …