4,600 Sea Turtles Killed Yearly by Fishing

turtle escaping fishing net

A loggerhead escaping from a net equipped with a turtle excluder device. Some 4,600 sea turtles are killed each year by American fisheries, according to a new report published in the journal Biological Conservation. That number, based on data from 2007, represents something of a triumph — it reflects a 90 percent reduction in death rates since 1990. But it also suggests that if regulations covering bycatch — incidental taking in fishing operations — were applied more consistently, more turtles would be saved. image from : green.blogs.nytimes.com

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