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Save Hawaiian Sea Turtles

July 23, 2009

Picture 1Your help is needed to help save loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles. The government is proposing new measures that could triple the number of threatened and endangered sea turtles caught by Hawaii’s longline fishermen.

The unintended catch (aka bycatch) of yellowfin tuna, sharks, false killer whales, humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, and albatross is also likely to rise if the new rule is approved.

The new rule would allow for more than 4 million deadly hooks in the water, which could double the quantity of the bycatch in the Hawaiian swordfish fishery. That would equal 1.3 million pounds of wasted catch!

The government agencies responsible for this fishery are accepting public comments through August 3. Please take the time to send an email to the government and voice your support for strong conservation measures.

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