Fishing’s Impact on Sea Turtles in the United States

A report by Oceana estimates  that 4,874  loggerhead sea turtles and 108 leatherback sea turtles were killed in the Gulf of Mexico by boats fishing without turtle-excluder devices in their nets. Shrimp fishing boats are required by federal law to have the devices installed in their nets when trawling on the sea floor.

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¬† Source: Renee Schoof, “Inspections show violations of rules on turtle excluder devices,” Sacramento Bee, July 19, 2011.