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GPS Tracks Leatherback Turtle Hotspots To Prevent Fishing Deaths
2014-01-09 07:50:15

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the most endangered species in the world, the Pacific Ocean's leatherback sea turtle population has declined by more than 90 percent since 1980. One of the greatest causes of this species' death is industrial longline fishing, which sets thousands of hooks in the ocean to catch fish, but sometimes catch turtles as well. Research teams use modern GPS technology to predict where fisheries and turtles will interact in order...

Leatherback Sea Turtle Refuges Rapidly Vanishing
2013-02-27 10:27:14

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The leatherback sea turtle is the largest species of marine turtle and also the largest living reptile. Known to weigh as much as 2000 pounds and reach up to six feet in length, this gentle giant of the oceans is the subject of a multi-decade study, the results of which  were published yesterday in the journal Ecosphere. Leatherback sea turtles were listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation...

Image 1 - Pacific Danger Zones For Critically-endangered Leatherback Turtles
2012-03-02 03:52:07

New analysis could help alter fishing practices to reduce mortality The majestic leatherback turtle is the largest sea turtle in the world, growing to more than 6 feet in length. It is also one of the most threatened. A major new study of migration patterns has identified high-use areas–potential danger zones--in the Pacific Ocean for this critically endangered species. This new understanding could help inform decisions about fishing practices to help reduce further deaths of this...

2009-05-29 12:45:55

The world's oldest sea turtles -- leatherbacks and loggerheads -- will become extinct unless U.S. agencies do more to protect them, a lawsuit says. To save the turtles, the Obama administration must alter the policies set by former President George W. Bush, said Todd Steiner, executive director of the California-based Turtle Island Restoration Network. Otherwise, we will lose these magnificent animals in our life, Steiner said. The western Pacific leatherbacks swim from Indonesia to...

2008-10-18 00:00:10

U.S. and international scientists are calling for protected "swimways" to save leatherback sea turtles and hammerhead sharks from fishing nets. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's World Conservation Congress adopted a resolution this week calling for protected areas along the Pacific leatherback's migratory routes. "Leatherback sea turtles survived the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs, but they are unlikely to survive our unsustainable appetite for swordfish and...

2008-07-28 00:00:00

ACAPULCO, Mexico - Environmental officials in Mexico said dozens of dead sea turtles apparently killed in fishing nets have washed up on beaches in recent days. Authorities said 59 Olive Ridley turtles have been found on beaches in and around the resort of Acapulco. Environmental-protection Officer Manuel de Jesus Solis said his agency found 12 dead turtles bearing marks apparently caused by fishing nets. It was unclear which fishing boats were involved. Victor Berdejo said another 47 dead...

2006-03-06 17:43:34

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sushi is more popular than ever before but eating it "has become the new Russian roulette" in terms of safety, a group campaigning against mercury in fish said on Monday. Eli Saddler of gotmercury.org, a campaign of California-based Sea Turtle Restoration Project, went to six top sushi restaurants in Los Angeles to test mercury levels in the fish they serve. "The level of mercury in tuna these restaurants serve is so high they should be keeping this food off...

2005-11-28 19:07:29

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The UN General Assembly urged governments and fisheries management groups on Monday to take urgent steps to protect endangered sea turtles and sea birds from an indiscriminate fishing technique. A resolution adopted by consensus by the 191-nation assembly is aimed at restricting a form of industrial fishing known as longline fishing. It is used by large fishing vessels in the Pacific Ocean that trail lines studded with hooks that can...


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