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Sea Turtles Inadvertently Snared and Killed, Our Viewpoints

Sea Turtles Inadvertently Snared and Killed, Our Viewpoints 2

In the past 25 years there have been millions of sea turtles inadvertently snared by commercial fishing nets and other devices are now being discussed. These are usually larger species of turtles – green sea turtles, leatherback turtles, loggerhead turtles, and others that are sometimes caught in large nets and eventually die. A study that has been published in a journal called Conservation Letters that has analyzed data from peer-reviewed papers, government reports, and technical reports with the results published between 1990 and 2008.

The data was compiled from commercial fishing and government documents but did not include recreational fishing. Six of the world`s seven species of turtles are now listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered on a globally accepted List of Threatened Species. The reports revealed that the highest reported bycatch rates for longline fisheries occurred in Mexico and Baja California, off the peninsula.

The larger fishing areas in and around California, the East Coast of the US, off the coast of Africa and Spain, as well as the Far East. Turtles are eaten in the Far East, much like whale but the study did not cover the Far East for some unexplained reason.

Our Views: We suggest studying up on this crisis, finding out which countries are most responsible for the deaths of these majestic sea creatures that have long lifespans and can be saved by learning to buy products from firms that make it part of their mission to avoid senseless deaths of turtles.

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