Millions of Sea Turtles are Collateral Damage in the Race for Fish

Millions of sea turtles have become the unintended victims of a failure to properly manage the worlds’ fisheries, with more and more of their habitats clogged with hooks and nets, an important new report revealed today.

The report – the first ever global assessment of sea turtle bycatch in the three major types of fishing gear – gillnets, longlines, and trawls – highlights vast ocean regions where little about bycatch rates is known, and where urgent conservation action to reduce bycatch is necessary to prevent the extinction of these ancient, endangered animals.

The report, which appears this week in the journal Conservation Letters was conducted by Conservation International (CI) in partnership with Duke University’s Project GloBAL (Global By-catch Assessment of Long-lived Species), and clearly shows the links between increased fishing gear in regions and the increase in accidental capture of sea turtles.

Read full story HERE.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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