20 Aug '17, 6pm

Prawn trawlers kill 29,000 marine turtles a year #thinkaboutwhatyoueat #sustainability

Prawn trawlers kill 29,000 marine turtles a year #thinkaboutwhatyoueat #sustainability

Launched on World Sea Turtle Day (16 June 2017), this report reveals that the UK’s appetite for prawns could be responsible for the death of thousands of threatened marine turtles each year. The report, which is produced by the French Guiana Fisheries Committee , estimates that up to 29,000 marine turtles are killed annually in tropical prawn trawls that export to the European Union, with the UK the EU’s largest individual market. Based on EU figures (on per capita consumption of tropical shrimp), the report estimates that just under half (46 per cent) of prawns imported into the UK are wild-caught, most of which (86 per cent) are being fished by trawlers in tropical waters off the coast of countries including Bangladesh, India and Vietnam. But in addition to catching prawns, large numbers of turtles, including species such as green, loggerhead and critically endangered ha...

Full article: https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/impact-tropical-prawn-fish...

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