Defend Turtle-Saving Technology in the Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico is home to five of the world’s species of sea turtles including the critically endangered Kemp’s ridley which nests in Texas. In 1978 all sea turtles found in the Gulf of Mexico were listed as either endangered or threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Historically, shrimp trawls have had the greatest impact on sea turtles. Since sea turtles would be caught and drowned in shrimp trawl nets, NOAA (the U.S. federal fisheries agency) began working to reduce these interactions with the development of Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs).
NOAA operates a captive rearing program for sea turtles in Galveston that has saved the lives of thousands of sea turtles by ensuring that trawls in the shrimping industry has a certified TED that by law must be installed so that sea turtles can escape.
TEDs need to be continually tested, evaluated and certified for changing conditions in order to protect sea turtles.
With the current proposed budget cuts to NOAA, this program may be in jeopardy.
This is not the time to pull the plug on TED testing.
Please send the emails below to your federal representatives.
I am writing to urge you to ensure that the captive rearing program for sea turtles in Galveston is fully funded under NOAA federal budget.
This program benefits both populations of endangered sea turtles and the shrimp trawling industry.
The captive rearing program for sea turtles in Galveston has saved the lives of thousands of sea turtles by ensuring the shrimping industry has a certified TED that by law must be installed in their trawls.
Please ensure that with the current proposed budget cuts to NOAA that this essential program is protected.
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