Stop Loggerhead Drownings from the Gulf Bottom Longline Fishery

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Originally Posted: 12 February 2010

Stop Loggerhead Drownings from the Gulf Bottom Longline Fishery

FROM Sea Turtle Restoration Project

Our collective action closed the deadly Bottom Longline Fishery last year, but now the US Fisheries Service is proposing to re-open it. The horrible drowning deaths of loggerhead sea turtles on longline hooks in the Gulf of Mexico could being again, even as their nesting populations continue a major decline.

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Our collective Action closed the deadly Bottom Longline Fishery last year, but now the US Fisheries Service is proposing to re-open it. The horrible drowning deaths of loggerhead sea turtles on longline hooks in the Gulf of Mexico could being again, even as their nesting populations continue a major decline.

NOAA Proposes MORE Loggerhead Deaths

They will accept 1,152 loggerhead incidental takes and 631 dead loggerheads over the next three years, but we will not! Florida loggerhead nesting populations have declined more than 40 percent over the past decade, and 2009 was the fourth lowest nesting year on record, even with the emergency closure of the bottom longline fishery.


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