Target: Assistant Administrator for National Marine Fisheries Service Eileen Sobeck
Goal: Implement harsher regulations to protect sea turtles from harmful fishing practices.
Nearly 50,000 endangered or threatened sea turtles are injured or killed as the result of fishing practices every year. While efforts have been made to help protect sea turtles, thousands are still experiencing unnecessary suffering and more needs to be done to combat this issue.
These turtles are often being caught by irresponsible shrimp trawling fisheries. When they are caught as bycatch—or the accidental catch of a species untargeted by a fishery—they are usually injured in the process and left to die.
More regulations need to be in place in order to protect sea turtles. First, placing limitations on the number of turtles caught by bycatch would help encourage fisheries to be more conscious about their practices. Also, requiring turtle excluder devices (which allow turtles to escape if caught) from fisheries can help to decrease the number of turtles that are killed every year. Lastly, these practices should be enforced by requiring observers to monitor the practices of fisheries. This will not only save sea turtles, but it will also save many other ocean creatures affected by mass fishing.
Sea turtles do not deserve to suffer any longer. By signing the petition below, you will be demanding that the National Marine Fisheries Service implement these regulations to help decrease the senseless killings of sea turtles by shrimp trawling fisheries. Please act now to save these wonderful creatures.
Dear Ms. Sobeck,
Sea turtles are magnificent creatures that have faced many hardships. Four of the seven different species of sea turtles are considered endangered, with the remaining species are listed as vulnerable. Despite these astonishing facts, sea turtles are still mistreated with an estimated 50,000 being injured or killed every year.
Most of these turtles experience harm as a consequence of being caught in nets that are seeking shrimp. They are often injured during these fishing practices or cannot escape. If they are released back into the wild, they often die from their injuries.
More work needs to be done to protect these creatures. First, we must limit the number of turtles that can be caught by bycatch. Doing so will help bring awareness to fishermen of this serious issue. Turtle excluder devices should also be required from fisheries that often catch sea turtles as bycatch. Lastly, observers should be placed on board in order to monitor that fisheries are practicing safe and sustainable fishing. Please act now to save sea turtles and other oceanic creatures affected by lax fishing practices.
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