Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Complaint filed for harm to sea turtles by bottom longline fishing

Earthjustice, the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and a coalition of conservation groups sued the National Marine Fisheries Service last month in an effort to get the agency to create protections for imperiled sea turtles. From the press release:
“Important populations of sea turtles in the Gulf have been illegally killed by the hundreds since 2006 in flagrant violation of the Endangered Species Act,” said Steve Roady, an attorney with Earthjustice. “Now that the fishery is in full force for the season, it has become necessary to go to court to require the new administration to take emergency action to protect these vulnerable turtles.”
A copy of the complaint is available at Defenders of Wildlife's website at this link.

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