Shrimp-by-catch-278×225 The latest news about sea turtles makes me want to cry. Too many endangered turtles are still getting caught accidentally in fishing gear. Can environmental activists, engineers, the government, and fishermen work together to turn this around? A nascent fishing gear program will put them to the test.
Sea turtles are a constant challenge. Many are designated as threatened or endangered, meaning that high levels of turtle bycatch can shut down fisheries, says Lee Benaka, national coordinator of NOAA’s bycatch reduction engineering program. And, as Discovery’s Jennifer Viegas reports, millions of turtles have been captured or killed in the past two decades. Yet decent bycatch reduction technology exists, and not just for turtles.
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