Prevent the Deaths of Thousands of Sea Turtles

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Originally Posted: 28 December 2009

Prevent the Deaths of Thousands of Sea Turtles

FROM Oceana

Tell Dr. Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to insist that the final rule immediately reduce sea turtle takes in all trawl fisheries.


Sign an online petition

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA
USEC/Administrative Office of the Under Secretary
phone (202) 482-3436


The National Marine Fisheries Service recognized this problem in 2007 and issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Although this was a first step to get in the water requirements to protect turtles from trawl nets, more than two years later a satisfactory rule has yet to be proposed! Even with this rule, however, trawls in the waters off New England and the Mid-Atlantic States will continue to catch sea turtles for many years. We can, and should, do better.

Sea turtles have been swimming in the world's oceans for more than 100 million years. While they have been able to survive many challenges over the years, sea turtles are not equipped to withstand the threat humans pose.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!