Sunday, October 26, 2008

New rule for softshell turtle hunting creates controversy

The Miami Herald has an article today about the new limits on turtle hunting implemented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The article notes that the new rule has engendered controversy because it still allows commercially licensed hunters to kill 20 softshell turtles per day and recreational fishers to kill up to five. Members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature/Species Survival Commission would like for the FWC to reduce the limit to one. The article also contains a quote from turtle biologist Matt Aresco, who noted that softshell turtles take 10 years to reach maturity and cannot be sustainably hunted.

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