Feds Eye Tougher Measures to Protect Sea Turtles

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

New Orleans, LA (AP) - Federal regulators say they're considering
new restrictions on Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coast shrimpers
because of the damage the industry is causing to threatened and
endangered sea turtles.

The regulatory move by the National Marine Fisheries Service
signals the next stage in a growing fight between fishermen and
environmentalists over sea turtle deaths.

Regulators report that 379 sea turtles were found stranded
between the start of the year and June 17 along the Alabama,
Mississippi and Louisiana coastline. Turtle deaths have been linked
to shrimp nets and trawls.

The agency says it will hold five public meetings between now
and August to determine if new restrictions on nets and even
closing areas to shrimping is warranted.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Jake on Jun 25, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    I love sea turtles, on a bed of brown rice.
  • by Protection Location: Tallahassee on Jun 25, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    We are able to protect the turtles, but we cannot save ourselves. Perhaps the turtles will ban together to save the humans.
  • by humans are so destructine with their dollar bills Location: fl on Jun 24, 2011 at 09:36 PM
    but it is ok to build homes and condos and allow driveing on the beach. that dont hurt them because they dont come up on the beach at night and lay their eggs.
  • by anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 at 08:33 PM
    My apologies to the turtles but i dont eat them. I PREFER FLORIDA SHRIMP. LEAVE SHRIMPERS ALONE!
  • by anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 at 08:20 PM
    The Environmental Protection Agency has caused a lot of problems for the "humans" in Florida because they are very unrealistic in their decisions. If they had it there way, the animals would tell the humans how and where to live in this world. There is such a thing as common sense and compromise between nature and humans but the EPA wants complete control. Government, get off our backs!!!
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