today to urge you to take immediate action to protect critically endangered
loggerhead sea turtles in the waters off Baja California.
species of sea turtles on Earth are in danger of extinction. North Pacific
loggerheads gather in large numbers in Mexican waters, a critical phase of this
animal's life cycle. Sadly, more than 1,000 of these endangered sea turtles die
every year as bycatch in the nets of Mexican fishing boats. The toll is disastrous -- nesting turtles
have declined by as much as 90 percent in recent years.
leads the world in the number of Northern Pacific loggerheads who are killed as
incidental bycatch during the fishery restrictions in the summer months. To
give these reptiles a fighting chance of survival, we ask you to take two
a sea turtle sanctuary where the densest concentrations of loggerheads can feed
in safety; and
fishing reforms that would require Mexican fishing boats to take measures to
minimize turtle bycatch.
Your prompt attention to this urgent
conservation matter is greatly appreciated.
Defenders of Wildlife
This petition closed about 2 years ago
North Pacific loggerhead sea turtles spend up to a decade feeding on small crabs in an area off the coast of Mexico's Baja California. Alarmingly, more than 1,000 North Pacific loggerheads...
Pacific loggerhead sea turtles spend up to a decade feeding on small crabs in
an area off the coast of Mexico's Baja California. Alarmingly, more
than 1,000 North Pacific loggerheads die every year when they are
accidentally caught up in fishermen's nets. The bycatch toll of
loggerheads in Mexican waters is one of the highest in the world — and it is
jeopardizing their survival.
Urge the President of Mexico to protect these
sea turtles — while there is still time.