Save Loggerheads From Drowning in Florida's Longline Fishery

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Originally Posted: 23 February 2009

Save Loggerheads From Drowning in Florida's Longline Fishery

From Sea Turtle Restoration Project

Demand the suspension of Gulf of Mexico bottom longline fishing...for the fish, for the turtles, for the grouper, for the tilefish, for the survival of our oceans.

Sign the online petition here

OR better yet, send an email or send a letter to:

NOAA Fisheries Service
Partnerships & Communications
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Between July 2006 and the end of 2007, the government estimates that the Gulf of Mexico bottom longline fishery, which targets reef fish like grouper and tilefish, resulted in the capture of nearly 1,000 threatened and endangered sea turtles -- and that in more than 80% of these incidents, the turtles drowned or were injured! Loggerheads nesting on Florida beaches -- the same turtles captured in the Gulf of Mexico bottom longline fishery -- have plummeted by more than 40% over the last decade.

The bottom longline fishery has far exceeded the number of turtles it is allowed to take under the Endangered Species Act. Yet, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has refused to immediately close the fishery. NMFS proposal to allow the fishery to operate while it studies options for reducing the deaths of sea turtles is illegal and misguided.

Please sign our petition to save the lives of sea turtles today, and we will deliver your names and comments to the agency at the end of the month.

Thank you!

And if you really want to save all animals who live in the ocean, GO VEGAN!

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