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Scientists call for protected 'swimways' for the endangered leatherback sea turtle
Date:10/17/2008

ert talk to action; otherwise we will lose one of the most ancient creatures on the planet, in the next ten to thirty years."

Leatherback sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean have declined by more than 90% over the past three decades as a result of drowning in industrial longline and gillnet fisheries targeting swordfish, sharks, and tunas. Egg harvesting, marine plastic debris and loss of nesting beaches due to global warming-induced sea level rise also threaten the leatherback. If current trends continue, Pacific leatherbacks are predicted to go extinct within the next few decades.


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Contact: George Shillinger
georges@stanford.edu
202-549-0987
Census of Marine Life
Source:Eurekalert

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