Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Loggerhead Turtles in decline

A couple days ago, the New York Times ran an article reporting on the a federal report prepared pursuant to the Endangered Species Act that shows that populations of loggerhead sea turtles are falling. One of the possible causes for the drop might be expanded commercial fishing. Florida, which makes up the largest part of one of the two largest nesting areas for loggerheads in the world, has seen a drop of 4% in nesting sites per year. More information on the status, conservation efforts, regulatory oversight, and key documents is available from the NOAA's Office of Protected Resources here.

Today, the Orlando Sentinel reported here about the release of 25 loggerhead turtles that were raised in captivity. The turtles were captured moments after their birth in 2004 and were raised until they were 2 feet long and weighed about 100 pounds. The loggerheads were studied to determine how to prevent turtles from getting caught on commercial fishing hooks. Be sure to check our the video of the release at the Sentinel's website.

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