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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Small scale fisheries have big impact on turtles

A report from the University of Exeter shows that it is not only large-scale commercial fisheries that are responsible for killing turtles, smaller fishing boats also have an impact.

The study, based on Peru's fishing industry suggests that not only are thousands of turtles killed, but that they have come from nesting beaches all over the world including Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Galapagos.

Senior author, Brendan Godley says
"We have known for a long time that, along with sharks, marine mammals and seabirds, marine turtles often become bycatch as a result large-scale fishing. It is only recently that we have begun to realise that small-scale fisheries may also have a significant impact on marine life. However, we were very surprised when our study revealed just how large an impact small-scale fisheries have on sea turtles."

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