Add Protections to Kemp's Ridley Nesting Beaches

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Originally Posted: 26 April 2010

Add Protections to Kemp's Ridley Nesting Beaches

[Ed. Note: Most tragedies inflicted on turtles are caused by fishing industries...another reason to GO VEGAN!]

FROM Sea Turtle Restoration Project

Tell the Recovery Plan Committee to update their Plan to include the growing numbers of Kemp’s Ridleys nesting on Texas beaches and accelerate the scientific process of identifying the most important marine foraging, breeding and inter-nesting habitat for these endangered sea turtles.

CONTACT

Sign an online petition

And/Or make direct contact:

Steve Meyers - (301) 713-2334 x174
Brian Hooker - (301) 713-2334 x173
NOAA Fisheries Service
Partnerships & Communications
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
email

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Shrimp Trawls Continue Deadly Interactions with Texas Turtles

The 21 dead Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were likely the result of deadly shrimp trawl interactions in the Upper Texas Gulf Coast, an area currently not adequately protected by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) draft Recovery Plan for the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle. Texas nesting beaches and coastal habitat should be prioritized as needing more protections for these endangered sea turtles. Click here to read more.

Strengthen Texas Protections to Ensure Recovery Continues

If Kemp's ridley numbers keep growing at current rates, the turtle could be reclassified from endangered to threatened as early as 2015. The upper Texas Gulf Coast can expect greater numbers of turtles and must get increased habitat protections to strengthen recovery efforts.

We have until May 17 to ask the Recovery Plan Committee to update their Plan to include the growing numbers of Kemp’s Ridleys nesting on Texas beaches and accelerate the scientific process of identifying the most important marine foraging, breeding and inter-nesting habitat for these endangered sea turtles.


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