I can’t think of too many things more beautiful than a sea turtle. My black and white drawing doesn’t do any justice to these amazing creatures. They come in the morst brilliant color combinations. They bring majesty and magic to the seas. And, as a result, we love them. US kids go to nesting grounds every year to help ensure their survival. So why do we allow them to drown by the thousands in US fishing nets? Thanks to a net device called a Ted, turtles can escape. Let’s do what we can to make the fishing industry adopt Ted nets. Please read the below from Oceana and sign the petition for the Ted nets. On behalf of these guys.
Save Turtles from Nets
|Turtle Excluder Devices (shown above) help turtles escape from fishing nets
Sign today to support TEDs and give turtles a second chance»
If a turtle gets swept up in a net, it’s in trouble. Sea turtles need air to breathe, and when held underwater by fishing gear, they will drown. Tens of thousands of turtles meet this fate in the US every year.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Turtle excluder devices (TEDs) are escape hatches for fishing nets—big turtles can push them open and swim away, while smaller fish or shrimp stay inside.
TEDs are life-savers. But not everyone uses them. And turtles keep dying.
A new rule would require all shrimp trawlers in the Gulf of Mexico and southeast Atlantic to use TEDs, saving thousands of turtles’ lives. Shrimp trawling is one of the largest threats to sea turtles in the Gulf, with thousands captured in nets each year.
All six sea turtle species in the United States are threatened or endangered. This regulation will save lives and give the turtles a chance to recover.
But there is some backlash in the fishing industry against these new regulations, and we need to make sure the National Marine Fisheries Service knows that the new rules for turtle-friendly nets have support. That’s where you come in. Sign today and tell the NMFS to keep turtles safe with TEDs»