Navigation Links
Accidental sea turtle deaths drop 90 percent in US fisheries
Date:9/14/2011

DURHAM, N.C. -- The number of sea turtles accidentally caught and killed in fishing gear in United States coastal waters has declined by an estimated 90 percent since 1990, according to a new study by researchers at Duke University Project GloBAL and Conservation International.

The report, published in the scientific journal Biological Conservation, credits the dramatic drop to measures that have been put into place over the last 20 years to reduce bycatch in many fisheries, as well as to overall declines in U.S. fishing activity.

The study's authors estimate that 4,600 sea turtles die each year in U.S. coastal waters.

Before measures to reduce bycatch were put in place, total sea turtle takes surpassed 300,000 annually. Of these, 70,000 turtles were killed.

The study used data collected from 1990 to 2007 by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to determine bycatch rates across more than 20 fisheries operating in Atlantic waters from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border, and in the Pacific Ocean, along the West coast and around Hawaii.

It found that overall turtle bycatch rates, including both fatal and nonfatal run-ins, have fallen about 60 percent since 1990.

Shrimp trawls in the Gulf of Mexico and southeastern U.S. accounted for up to 98 percent of all by-catch takes and deaths during the study period.

All six marine turtle species that occur in U.S. waters are categorized as threatened or endangered on the U.S. Endangered Species List. They are loggerheads, leatherbacks, hawksbills, olive ridleys, Kemp's ridleys and green sea turtles.

Bycatch is an acute threat to sea turtle populations worldwide. High bycatch rates can be indicative of unsustainable fishing practices that negatively impact the health of marine ecosystems.

"The reduction of bycatch and mortality shows important progress by NMFS, which serves as a model for reducing sea turtle bycatch in ot
'/>"/>

Contact: Tim Lucas
tdlucas@duke.edu
919-613-8084
Duke University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Accidental discovery produces durable new blue pigment for multiple applications
2. How can accidental captures of loggerhead turtles be reduced?
3. Tobacco companys new, dissolvable nicotine products could lead to accidental poisoning
4. Evidence that nanoparticles in sunscreens could be toxic if accidentally eaten
5. Study finds high mortality of endangered loggerhead sea turtles in Baja California
6. Turtle doves commit adultery
7. Revealing the evolutionary history of threatened sea turtles
8. Scientists call for protected swimways for the endangered leatherback sea turtle
9. Turtles alter nesting dates due to temperature change says ISU researcher
10. No place like home: New theory for how salmon, sea turtles find their birthplace
11. Cost of hatchling turtles dash for freedom
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/19/2014)... -- Nxt-ID, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTD and NXTDW) ("Nxt-ID" ... m-commerce market, updates the "Wocket in Your Pocket" celebrity ad campaign, ... middleweight weight classes, Vinny Pazienza (PAZ). ... of Thrones actor Ciaran Hinds and Sons ... Katey Sagal have been cast in Bleed for This ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... University researchers have developed a unique method to use ... in rural areas. , The first microbe-powered, self-sustaining ... quick way to clean up waste from large farming ... , Professor Haluk Beyenal and graduate student Timothy ... discuss the system in the online edition of ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... BUFFALO, N.Y. A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in ... deep sleep. Discovered by researchers at Harvard School of ... and Biomedical Sciences, this is only the second "sleep ... to be both necessary and sufficient to produce deep ... Neuroscience , the study demonstrates that fully half of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):NXT-ID's Vinny Paz Celebrity Ad Wocket Update: Katey Sagal and Ciaran Hinds Attached to His Upcoming Movie 2NXT-ID's Vinny Paz Celebrity Ad Wocket Update: Katey Sagal and Ciaran Hinds Attached to His Upcoming Movie 3Researchers develop unique waste cleanup for rural areas 2No sedative necessary: Scientists discover new 'sleep node' in the brain 2
... naturalist Charles Darwin on the Galapagos Islands, researchers have ... on a particular island, can lead to the formation ... Natural selection is a process whereby heritable traits ... while unfavorable heritable traits become less common. Over time, ...
... spider silk. Stretch it. Bend it. Soak it. Dry it out. ... and can expand nearly a third greater than its original length ... stronger than Kevlar, the man-made fiber used in bulletproof vests. ... is to know about the remarkable physics of spider silk, but ...
... Preserving genetically diverse local crops in areas where small-scale ... Penn State geographer, who is part of an international ... in hotspots of Bolivia, Peru and Mexico. Hotspots ... crops has exploded over the past decade, noted Karl ...
Cached Biology News:LSU professor discovers how new corals species form in the ocean 2LSU professor discovers how new corals species form in the ocean 3Stanford researcher sheds new light on the mysteries of spider silk 2Stanford researcher sheds new light on the mysteries of spider silk 3Stanford researcher sheds new light on the mysteries of spider silk 4Preserving biodiversity can be compatible with intensive agriculture 2Preserving biodiversity can be compatible with intensive agriculture 3
(Date:9/18/2014)... Sept. 18, 2014 About POCT ... performed outside a clinical laboratory. It helps in ... appropriate treatments and medication. POCT is gaining popularity ... lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and ... devices are standardized to minimize errors during the ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... 18, 2014 A novel robotic system ... scanner is currently being tested as part of a ... in Boston with the aim of determining if the ... prostate cancer biopsies faster, more accurate, less costly, and ... has the potential to deliver prostate cancer therapies with ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... DUBLIN, Ireland , September 18, ... ,Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/czvg3s/biocompatible ) ... "Biocompatible Materials - Global Strategic ... offering. ,     (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769) ,This report ... Materials in US$ Million by the ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... 2014 On Tuesday, Secretary of Energy ... Risch for National Lab Day on the Hill. The ... national laboratory system. Durbin and Risch also formally launched ... awareness of the reach of the national labs as ... address some of our nation's most pressing challenges. , ...
Breaking Biology Technology:POCT Market in China 2014-2018 2Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 2Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 3Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 4Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 5Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 6Biocompatible Materials - Global Strategic Business Report 2014 2Biocompatible Materials - Global Strategic Business Report 2014 3Lab Day Highlight Labs' Contribution to U.S. Competitiveness and Innovation 2Lab Day Highlight Labs' Contribution to U.S. Competitiveness and Innovation 3
... Sky One,Medical, Inc. ("China Sky One Medical" or ... integrated pharmaceutical company producing over-the-counter,drugs in the People,s ... production at Peng Lai Jin Chuang Company ("Jin ... 14, 2008., Jin Chuang, a subsidiary of ...
... (Nasdaq: NLTX ), today announced interim data from its ... natriuretic,peptide, in patients hospitalized for acute heart failure., ... pressure -- Statistically significant ... right atrial pressure -- Trend toward increase in ...
... Va., Oct. 14 Insmed Inc. (Nasdaq,CM: INSM), a ... will seek shareholder approval to implement a reverse,stock split, ... November,24, 2008, in an effort to meet the minimum ... Market., On September 3, 2008, the Company announced ...
Cached Biology Technology:China Sky One Medical, Inc. Starts Production at Newly Acquired Facility and Reaffirms Guidance 2China Sky One Medical, Inc. Starts Production at Newly Acquired Facility and Reaffirms Guidance 3Nile Therapeutics Announces Positive Interim Data from Phase 2a Study of CD-NP in Patients with Heart Failure 2Nile Therapeutics Announces Positive Interim Data from Phase 2a Study of CD-NP in Patients with Heart Failure 3Nile Therapeutics Announces Positive Interim Data from Phase 2a Study of CD-NP in Patients with Heart Failure 4Nile Therapeutics Announces Positive Interim Data from Phase 2a Study of CD-NP in Patients with Heart Failure 5Insmed to Seek Shareholder Approval for Reverse Split 2Insmed to Seek Shareholder Approval for Reverse Split 3
Cell Culture Flask, 175 cm, tissue-culture treated polystyrene, barcoded...
... an aqueous solution that contains a purified ... a PBS buffer (phosphate buffered saline), pH ... a combination of 0.02% methylisothiazolone and 0.02% ... Stabilizer provides optimum performance for both microsphere ...
... clone K28/86.2, PDZ Domain GenBank ... : GST fusion to residues 77-299 ... Tris pH 7.4, 0.075M NaCl containing ... evaluated by immunoblot on rat brain ...
... The ProteoPrep 20 Plasma Immunodepletion Kit ... proteins from human plasma or serum in ... enables deeper penetration into the plasma proteome ... single or multidimensional chromatography or go straight ...
Biology Products: