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Research shows loggerhead sea turtles threatened by small-scale fishing operations
Date:10/16/2007

ial to protecting this endangered species that relies on the food-rich waters in Baja California, Mexico for survival.

While small-scale fishing operations cause great threats in Baja California, Mexico, inexpensive changes in the kind of fishing gear that even just a few fishermen use results in saving thousands of loggerhead turtles every year. Local conservation efforts are already underway to address the problem and this opportunity. Hoyt Peckham and the local Baja California conservation group, Grupo Tortuguero, with the help of Ocean Conservancy, recently worked with a local fisherman to retire dangerous long-line fishing gear to save up to 700 loggerhead sea turtles each year.


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Contact: Kelly Ricaurte
kricaurte@oceanconservancy.org
202-351-0482
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