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May, 2009

  • 21 May

    Miracle turtle survives almost choking on plastic

    Credits: Wikipedia

    The juvenile hawksbill turtle found near-dead, buried in the sand and choking on plastic rubbish was yesterday returned to the sea off Magnetic Island.During an eight-month stint as the VIP patient in Townsville”s Reef HQ turtle hospital, Alva was hand-fed, bathed, scrubbed and X-rayed at a cost of about $5000.

  • 21 May

    Injured green sea turtle rescued

    Contributed Navy photos by Jay C. Pugh

    Don Heacock has two words for ocean boaters in areas known to be frequented by sea turtles: “speed kills.” Speeding boats and their razor-sharp propellers are responsible for four or five “vessel-related turtle deaths this year” in Kaua‘i waters, said Heacock, aquatic biologist with the state Department of Land and …

  • 8 May

    Palm Beach Police arrest man with 119 endangered sea turtle eggs

    Lannis Waters/The Post

    Stealing the eggs is a third degree felony and a potential tragedy to those who monitor the health of local sea turtles, all of which are considered by federal law to be endangered or threatened species that struggle to perpetuate their numbers. The man accused of stealing the eggs, homeless …

  • 7 May

    U.S. bans Costa Rican shrimp

    Loggerhead turtle escapes from a fishing net through a TED. Credits: Wikipedia

    The investigations of a national sea turtle conservation group has helped lead to a U.S. embargo on all Costa Rican shrimp. The U.S. Department of State”s Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science announced it has stopped importing Costa Rican shrimp, effective May 1.

  • 1 May

    Dead turtles found along Coast

    J.R. Welsh/sun herald

    State marine officials are studying a rash of unexplained sea turtle deaths that have recently occurred along Mississippi beaches. The turtles have included two loggerhead turtles and five Kemp’s Ridley turtles. The latest turtle was discovered near the ruins of an old pier on the Waveland beach, westward of the …

  • 1 May

    All commercial turtle harvesting may be banned in Florida

    In a Seoul market. Wikipedia

    Under a newly proposed law, all commercial harvesting of freshwater turtles will be completely banned in Florida. The draft rule that bans commercial harvesting of Florida”s diverse freshwater turtle population was passed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on April 15, with a final vote to be held …

April, 2009

  • 29 April

    Temporary Gulf fishing ban to help sea turtles

    In a move to protect sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, federal regulators announced Wednesday they are restricting a fishing technique used to catch red grouper in waters off the Florida west coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the use of long fishing lines with hooks and …

  • 20 April

    PMBC treats injured 120kg green sea turtle

    Green sea turtles can live up to 80 years in the wild, as long as they can keep clear of their greatest enemy – man.

    Veterinarians at the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) are treating an enormous green sea turtle whose carapace was cracked open by fishermen operating illegally in the waters off Rawai Beach.

  • 16 April

    Groups Sue Federal Government Over Sea Turtles

    Credits: Wikipedia

    A half dozen conservation groups have sued the federal government, claiming the agency that oversees the Gulf of Mexico fishery is violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to protect threatened sea turtles.

  • 11 April

    Alarming number of sea turtles wash ashore

    This loggerhead sea turtle is one of 217 sick or dead turtles that have washed ashore so far this year from beaches in Duval to Brevard counties.

    In a month, 217 loggerhead and green turtles have been found ashore in five counties. Dead and sick sea turtles are washing up on beaches at roughly three times the normal rate from Duval to Brevard County, and biologists don”t know why. Between Jan. 1 and April 2, 113 loggerheads …

  • 5 April

    Mexico Ecological Park to Set Record for Turtle Hatchings

    From laht.com

    Xcaret, Mexico’s biggest private ecological park, will set a record this year with 2,000 baby turtles hatched in the park as part of a successful program of breeding and releasing these endangered marine creatures, company executives told Efe.

  • 4 April

    Protecting the Leatherbacks

    ©Brendan Godley. University of Exeter, Centre for Ecology & Conservation. OCEANA

    We now can sadly add another animal wonder to the list of declining natural populations: Leatherback turtles, which nest on tropical beaches, near the Pacific islands, and migrate all the way up to the coasts of California and Oregon each year, are in danger of becoming extinct in the next …