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Loggerhead sea turtle may get endangered status

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The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday issued a proposed decision to lend additional federal protection to loggerhead turtle populations in areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

The species, named for the size of its head, is listed under the Endangered Species Act as "threatened" throughout its range, in temperate and tropical zones around the globe. The proposed decision would elevate seven distinct population segments to "endangered."

“The proposed rule marks a turning point in our ability to protect loggerhead sea turtles,” said Andrea Treece, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the environmental groups that petitioned for the elevated protection status. “By recognizing and preventing impacts to regional populations and their habitats, we’ll have a much better chance of putting these magnificent, prehistoric animals on a path to recovery instead of extinction.”

Loggerhead populations have faced steep declines from threats on beaches, where they lay eggs, and at sea, where they are caught in commercial fishing nets.

Among other things, designating these population segments starts the process of naming crucial habitat that would merit greater regulation and oversight.

The decision stems from petitions filed by environmental groups Oceana, Turtle Island Restoration Network (part of Earthjustice) and the Center for Biological Diversity.

-- Geoff Mohan

Photo: Since the gains in the 1990s, the loggerhead sea turtle population has declined steadily. Credit: Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

 
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Loggerheads are considered an endangered species and are protected by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Untended fishing gear is responsible for many loggerhead deaths. Turtles may also suffocate if they are trapped in fishing trawls. Turtle excluder devices (TEDs) have been implemented in efforts to reduce mortality by providing the turtle an escape route. Loss of suitable nesting beaches and the introduction of exotic predators has also taken a toll on loggerhead populations. Efforts to restore their numbers will require international cooperation since the turtles roam vast areas of ocean and critical nesting beaches are scattered among several countries

Loggerheads are considered an endangered species and are protected by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Untended fishing gear is responsible for many loggerhead deaths. Turtles may also suffocate if they are trapped in fishing trawls. Turtle excluder devices (TEDs) have been implemented in efforts to reduce mortality by providing the turtle an escape route. Loss of suitable nesting beaches and the introduction of exotic predators has also taken a toll on loggerhead populations. Efforts to restore their numbers will require international cooperation since the turtles roam vast areas of ocean and critical nesting beaches are scattered among several countries. and they have to be safe so don't kill or eat them.

The sea turtles are caught in shrimping vessels that use trawl nets that drown these poor creatures. The sea turtles die as the nets are not hauled in fast. Gill nets and dredging for oil also causes habitat destruction and injury to the animal.

i want to know what is the major reason of why logger heads are endangered.

This is lame, I know, but I dig sea turtles. I think they're some of the coolest inhabitants of the oceans. I hope something will be done to protect them and increase their population.

The imminent listing as endangered should trigger an immediate halt to excessive loggerhead capture in the Hawaii swordfish fleet, the Florida bottom longline fleet, in shrimp trawls and all U. S. fisheries. Read more at www.seaturtles.org

For much more information about sea turtle conservation and efforts to protect them in the U.S., check out www.cccturtle.org.


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