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January, 2012

December, 2011

  • 3 December

    Olive Ridley turtles fall prey to trawlers

    Photo: Lingaraj Panda

    In an alarming development, carcasses of Olive Ridley turtles have started appearing in large numbers close to the coastline of the Rushikulya rookery in Ganjam district of Odisha. Fishermen from the Gokharkuda and Nulia Nuagoan villages attributed the phenomenon to unchecked activity of fishing trawlers in the area…

November, 2011

  • 11 November

    Calls for action on traditional turtle hunting after tourists witness slaughter on Green Island

    Photo: Flickr/The Shifted Librarian

    Tourists have watched on in horror as turtles have been slaughtered in a popular holiday location in the Far North. Tourism operators are now calling for increased public debate about the traditional hunting of green sea turtles and dugongs and are seeking a ban on the practice in key tourist …

  • 8 November

    Loggerhead turtles take 45 years to grow up

    Vía Wikipedia

    Loggerhead turtles take almost half a century to reach maturity, say scientists. A female turtle, the researchers report in the journal Functional Ecology, will not start to lay eggs until she is 45. This estimate, based on examination of several decades of data on the turtles” growth, has implications for …

October, 2011

  • 13 October

    Conservation groups move to stop sea turtle deaths from shrimp trawling

    Via Wikipedia

    Conservation groups today asked a federal court in Washington, D.C., to hold the National Marine Fisheries Service accountable for its role in the shrimp trawl-related deaths of endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2011 alone, an extraordinary number of sea turtles — more than 1,400 — have …

September, 2011

  • 29 September

    Global conservation priorities for marine turtles

    Via Wikipedia

    Marine turtles worldwide are vulnerable and endangered, but their long lives and broad distribution make it difficult for scientists to accurately determine the threat level to different populations and devise appropriate conservation strategies. To address this concern, researchers have developed a new method to evaluate spatially and biologically distinct groups …

  • 17 September

    Loggerhead sea turtles declared endangered

    Photo: Flickr Angel Williams

    The Obama administration designated the North Pacific loggerhead sea turtle as endangered under the Endangered Species Act today. Populations of this rare and ancient turtle, which spends much of its time off the coasts of Mexico and Southern California, have declined by at least 80 percent over the past decade. …

  • 14 September

    US fisheries kill 4,600 sea turtles per year: Study

    Photo: Flickr/Raam Dev

    Improved fishing nets have saved tens of thousands of endangered sea turtles in recent years, but 4,600 are still dying annually, mainly in Gulf of Mexico shrimp trawls, said a US study on Wednesday. Turtle-excluder devices (TEDs), or large holes that allow the creatures to escape from nets that nab …

  • 10 September

    Local baby sea turtles in danger

    © caribarena

    Antigua St John”s- The streetlights along Jabberwock and other beaches can be a “fatal attraction” for sea turtle hatchlings such as the one pictured here that was among several crushed by passing traffic on Wednesday morning. In natural conditions, where beaches are dark throughout the night, turtle hatchlings will instinctively …

August, 2011

  • 11 August

    Costa Rica is the country with most amount of turtles caught by longline fishing in the world

    Credits PETROMA

    Longline fishing activities are responsable for this situation. For every 1,000 hooks that are thrown into the sea, 14 turtles are snared Costa Rica has the highest rate of sea turtles caught by longline fishing in the world. For every 1,000 hooks that are thrown into the sea, 14 turtles …

  • 10 August

    Generation of turtles at risk: researcher

    Via Wikipedia

    Juvenile turtles are dying en masse on the Great Barrier Reef and the full effects of the disaster won”t be seen for 20 years, a researcher says. Three recent cyclones, and this year”s floods, have wiped out seagrass beds along large swathes of the Queensland coast, leaving turtles and dugongs …

July, 2011

  • 25 July

    Mass turtle deaths on Great Barrier Reef have scientists worried

    Via Wikipedia

    Scientists were struggling Monday to understand why the northern coast of Queensland has become littered with sick and dying turtles and dugongs. More than 400 bodies have been discovered along the coastline near the Great Barrier Reef, and experts believe hundreds more animals could have perished in remote areas or …