Stop Rollbacks to Longline Fishing that Will Kill Sea Turtles

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Originally Posted: 4 May 2009

Stop Rollbacks to Longline Fishing that Will Kill Sea Turtles

Tell Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke to continue U.S. federal government required sea turtle protections in the Hawaii swordfish longline fishery that have been in place since 2004. DO NOT ROL BACK THESE PROTECTIONS.

If approved, the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) new plan could triple the number of sea turtles caught each year, pushing endangered leatherbacks and loggerheads ever closer to the brink of extinction, and allow unlimited swordfish fishing.

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And/Or better yet, contact Secretary Locke directly:

Gary Locke
Secretary of Commerce
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20230
phone (202) 482-2000
email

INFORMATION

In an effort to save the imperiled leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles from extinction, the U.S. federal government has required sea turtle protections in the Hawaii swordfish longline fishery since 2004.

Today, however, the federal government is planning to rollback many of these critical protections, even as Pacific sea turtle populations continue to dwindle. The current rules that limit the number of sea turtles injured and killed by Hawaiian longliners are in serious jeopardy. If approved, the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) new plan could triple the number of sea turtles caught each year, pushing endangered leatherbacks and loggerheads ever closer to the brink of extinction, and allow unlimited swordfish fishing.

Tell NMFS to save, not kill, more sea turtles in the Hawaiian longline fishery! Tell NMFS to REJECT rollbacks of sea turtle protections!


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