Please Act Now To Save Turtles From Drowning – Mail The NMFS (USA) Before 29/4/16.

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Dear Mark,

Shrimp trawling is one of the primary threats to sea turtle survival in the United States. Every year, the shrimp trawl fishery incidentally captures and kills thousands of sea turtles, including the critically endangered Kemp’s ridley.

For a short time, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is accepting public comments as it prepares an Environmental Impact Statement and reevaluates how to manage the shrimp trawl fishery.

We need you to send an email by April 29th.

“Turtle excluder devices,” or TEDs, prevent turtles from drowning in nets, but limited applicability and lax enforcement have led to thousands of sea turtle deaths. Turtle Island is requesting that all shrimp vessels using “skimmer trawls” that are currently exempt from using TEDs should be required to use TEDs. Turtle Island is also requesting that NMFS consider additional protective measures including increased observer coverage and increased enforcement of existing and future TEDs rules.

Please give sea turtles a voice and let officials know they need to do more to protect sea turtles from the shrimp trawl fishery!

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Please submit your comment by e-mailing Michael.Barnette@noaa.gov by April 29th.

get involved 2  Below is a sample comment. get involved 2

Dear National Marine Fisheries Service,

Please use this opportunity to do more to protect sea turtles from the shrimp trawl fishery, which has been the primary threat to sea turtle survival for decades. I am requesting that all shrimp vessels using “skimmer trawls” that are currently exempt from using TEDs should be required to use TEDs. I am also requesting that NMFS consider additional protective measures including increased observer coverage and increased enforcement of existing and future TEDs rules.

Sincerely,

Your Name Here

Thank you for your help!

Sincerely, 

Joanie Steinhaus
Program Director, Gulf Office
Turtle Island Restoration Network
SeaTurtles.Org

P.S. One more request. Please make a tax-deductible donation to Turtle Island Restoration Network today. Sea turtles need the support of people like you. Your gift of $10, $25, or more will have a huge impact. 

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

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