“Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles caught in double whammy”

Before the oil gusher exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.  extreme fishing pressure by shrimp fleet caused the death of  38+  sea turtles on Gulf of Mexico beaches. Turtles do not win when they get caught in trawlers fishing nets even nets with Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs).

Why are the turtles dying? – Two reasons

1. TEDS

Kemps Ridley hatchlings

  • .  If they  are present but not correctly installed.
  • 2a. Even when TEDs function properly, repeated trips through them can result in serious injury leading to death.

2. The giant ongoing oil gusher
The tireless work by Sea Turtle Restoration Project (STRP) and allies in the Gulf of Mexico over the last two decades has helped the endangered Kemp’s ridley populations recover from mere hundreds to many thousands of nesting females, but they are now in danger from a massive oil slick. Kemp’s ridleys feed on blue crabs off the coast of Louisiana which are now covered by the oil slick. Filter feeding mollusks that endangered Kemp’s ridleys feed on may trap and concentrate oil in the seawater, threatening all sea turtles with toxic oil in their diets.

Cleanup and Restoration Kemp’s Ridley Critical Habitat

Help us establish protective critical habitat for these endangered sea turtles  to ensure their migration, foraging, and nesting habitats get stronger protections.

Send a strong message to the Bi-National Kemp’s Ridley Recovery Team to establish critical habitat and enact strong protections from the deadly duo of offshore oil and shrimp trawling. Here’s how you can help,

1. Click here to send a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service urging critical habitat protection from offshore oil and shrimp trawls for Kemp’s ridleys.

2. Endangered sea turtles need your support today. Click here to help.

The Sea Turtle Restoration Project and Nature’s Crusaders thanks you for helping save the  endangered Kemp’s ridleys sea turtles.

To make the greatest personal impact, submit a handwritten letter to:

NMFS Deputy Chief,
Endangered Species Division
Attn: Kemp’s Ridley Recovery Plan
Office of Protected Resources
National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East-West Hwy, Rm 13535
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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