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|Originally Posted: 28 December 2009|
Tell Obama to Stop Sea Turtle Killing
Tell President Obama to reverse his recent lethal decision and give sea turtles a fighting chance at survival. Now is the time to increase protection, not decrease it. Loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles are federally endangered species in very real danger of extinction, but instead of protecting them, Obama has decided to allow more sea turtle killings.
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President Barack Obama
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The Obama administration recently moved to triple the number of endangered sea turtles that can be caught by industrial fishing fleets off the Hawaiian coast. In the Gulf of Mexico, sea turtle bycatch will increase by 700 percent.
Loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles are federally endangered species in very real danger of extinction, but instead of protecting them, Obama has decided to allow more sea turtle killings. These species won't recover if Industrial fishing fleets continue to snag turtles with their deadly hooks -- now is the time to increase protection, not decrease it.
Recently the National Marine Fisheries Service issued a
biological opinion under the Endangered Species Act authorizing
longline fishing fleets in Hawaii to hook three times as many
loggerhead sea turtles as was previously allowed. In the Gulf of
Mexico, the Service issued a biological opinion that reversed an
emergency closure and increased the allowable hooking of
loggerheads to 700 percent above the level allowed before the
Loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles are endangered
species. Federal scientists just months ago declared that both
species will go extinct if their current downward population
trend continues. These turtles simply can not sustain increased
levels of take by longline fishing fleets.
Please instruct the National Marine Fisheries Service to
decrease -- rather than increase -- the take of sea turtles by
requiring the use of advanced fishing practices proven to catch
fewer sea turtles and do less harm to those that are captured.
By decreasing the recent take level, the federal government can
facilitate the recovery of these species rather than hasten
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