Help Protect Sea Turtles from Longline Fishing

Monday, 20 April 2009

Sea turtles will soon start crawling ashore to nest on beaches throughout Florida and the Gulf of Mexico in a magnificent ritual that's millions of years old. But, unless we do more to protect sea turtles in the Gulf, fewer turtles will reach the beaches to nest.

Sea turtles are getting snagged on commercial fishing lines that stretch for miles. Turtles foraging along the continental shelf grab the bait and drown before fishermen retrieve their miles long lines.

In Florida alone, the number of loggerhead sea turtle nests plummeted by 40 percent in the past decade. Please ask the National Marine Fisheries Service to do more to protect these threatened species.


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