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A big win for sea #turtles in the Atlantic

A big win for sea #turtles in the Atlantic

A Big Win for Sea Turtles in the Atlantic Posted Tue, Apr 10, 2012 by RProkop to atlantic , dredge , endangered species act , scallop fishery , sea turtles , turtle deflector device , turtles A loggerhead sea turtle hatchling. © Oceana/Cory Wilson We’re happy to announce a victory for sea turtles in the Atlantic this week. The scallop fishery has long been a threat to sea turtles, who get caught up and drowned in the heavy equipment. Scallops are often collected by dredges— heavy metal nets attached to a flat scoop that drags along the ground, collecting everything large enough to fit in the net. These dredges are hazards in sea turtle habitats, where they catch, drag, and drown sea turtles along with the desired scallops. All six sea turtle species in the United States are threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, making these deaths all the more tragic. ...

Full article: http://oceana.org/en/blog/2012/04/a-big-win-for-sea-turtl...

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