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Jun-10-2011 18:21printcomments

Double Trouble for Sea Turtles

Signs point to shrimp fishing as a likely cause for the spike in deaths -- perhaps combined with the lingering effects of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Hundreds of dead sea turtles have washed ashore in the Gulf of Mexico this year.
Hundreds of dead sea turtles have washed ashore in the Gulf of Mexico this year.

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Last year's devastating Deepwater Horizon disaster was a serious blow for sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.

But the catastrophe for the sea turtles hasn’t ended yet.

Already this year, more than 340 dead sea turtles have washed ashore on the Gulf Coast -- more than three times the annual average -- and the death toll is likely to be much higher.

Signs point to shrimp fishing as a likely cause for the spike in deaths -- perhaps combined with the lingering effects of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Yet the government has not taken action to save these animals struggling to survive. Defenders and our conservation partners have launched a lifesaving lawsuit to protect sea turtles, but federal officials need to hear from you.

Take action now: Urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to enforce lifesaving protections for threatened and endangered sea turtles in the Gulf.

Learn more, visit: Defenders of Wildlife




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