14 Sep '11, 6pm

Abt our new study @Mongabay: Sea turtle deaths in U.S. waters reduced 90%, but shrimp trawling accounts for 98% of kill

Abt our new study @Mongabay: Sea turtle deaths in U.S. waters reduced 90%, but shrimp trawling accounts for 98% of kill

Sea turtle deaths in U.S. waters reduced 90%, but shrimp trawling accounts for 98% of kill mongabay.com September 14, 2011 Baby olive ridley sea turtle. Photo by Rhett Butler The number of sea turtles accidentally caught and killed in United States coastal waters has declined by an estimated 90 percent since 1990, reports a new study published in the journal Biological Conservation . The authors, including researchers at Duke University and Duke University, say regulations to reduce bycatch are responsible for the decline. The study, which analyzed bycatch data from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), estimates some 4,600 sea turtles are killed each year in U.S. coastal waters, down from 70,000 annually in 1990. Overall turtle bycatch, including all fatal and non-fatal captures, fell roughly 60 percent from 300,000 between 1990 and 2007. The authors credit the im...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0914-sea_turtle_bycatch.html

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