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Turtle Deaths Due To Shrimping, Not Oil

We almost missed this article. It having been discreetly dumped on a Friday evening by the New York Times:

Turtle Deaths Called Result of Shrimping, Not Oil Spill

By SHAILA DEWAN

June 25, 2010

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist says he believes most of the dead turtles that have been examined since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill died not from the oil or the chemical dispersants put into the water after the disaster, but from being caught in shrimping nets, though further testing may show otherwise.

Dr. Brian Stacy, a veterinary pathologist who specializes in reptiles, said that more than half the turtles dissected so far, most of which were found shortly after the spill, had sediment in their lungs or airways, which indicated they might have been caught in nets and drowned.

“The only plausible scenario where you would have high numbers of animals forcibly submerged would be fishery interaction,” he said. “That is the primary consideration for this event.”

Many times the usual number of turtles have been found stranded this year, but NOAA has cautioned from the beginning that the oil spill is not necessarily to blame.

Funny, this is the first we have heard of such cautioning from the NOAA. Our watchdog media seems to have missed their cautions entirely.

Shrimp boats are the chief commercial fishing danger for turtles because they tow their nets underwater for long distances, and turtles trapped in them are unable to come up for air. Shrimpers are supposed to equip their nets with turtle extruder [sic] devices, which help turtles escape. But environmentalists have complained that some shrimpers disregard the law or do not install the devices properly.

“I’m not surprised at all that shrimp fishing is causing a lot of turtle deaths right now, it happens every year and it’s a chronic problem that the federal government has refused to address,” said Todd Steiner, the executive director of the Turtle Island Restoration Network in Marin County, Calif., which works to protect sea turtles around the world. He said there was not enough enforcement of the law requiring the extruder [sic] devices, though turtle deaths spike every year when shrimp season begins.

After a rash of turtle deaths in Texas in April, before the oil spill, NOAA and Texas authorities inspected 10 boats and cited 4 of them for improperly installed devices, according to news reports.

Notice that all ten of the shrimp boats inspected did have the excluder [sic] devices. They just weren’t properly installed. So much for government regulations.

Still, think of the irony here.

The evil BP oil spill might end up saving the turtles from the evil shrimpers.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Turtle Deaths Due To Shrimping, Not Oil”

  1. TwilightZoned says:

    “…it’s a common problem the government has refused to address,…”

    Uh, kinda like not addressing temporarily waving environmental regulations as well as allowing the use of foreign ships in the oil ‘crisis’, not enforcing current laws for illegal immigration, not closing our porous Mexican border, not shoring up social security, not investigating medicare/caid fraud, ect, ect, ect? Welcome to the real world and get in line.

  2. canary says:

    Maybe sea turtle shells make up the “secret shell fertilizer” recipe Michelle’s chef spoke about having shipped in to use on her WH plantation garden.
    I guess the fisherman dump the dead turtle carcasses on the beach to not get fined, instead of recycling them for calcium & vitamin D and giving the turtle meat for turtle soup to starving countries. Obama would know how they taste, as he told of eating dogs, snakes, tiger meat; practicing the Hindu mixed with Muslim religion beliefs his step-father taught him in Indonesia.

  3. proreason says:

    Turtle deaths – major problem.

    50 million abortions – not so much.

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    “.. So much for government regulations.”

    Don’t anybody tell o-blah-blah. His response will be, “That’s why we need more!”.

  5. Mithrandir says:

    Liberals’ template on how to identify the enemy:

    Is the bad guy:
    Rich
    Businessman
    White
    Male
    Christian
    Non-Union
    Conservative
    Pro-Life
    Smoker
    Southerner

    Is the good guy:
    A recognized racial minority
    A woman
    A liberal
    A union person
    Manhattanite
    A Democrat
    The little guy
    Poor
    An underdog
    The oppressed
    The exploited
    Environmentalist

    Write your Madlib template:

    The ______________ (good guys: turtles) are being ____________ (oppressed/exploited etc) by _____________ (name bad guy: in this case shrimpers are probably union people or poor).

    1. good guy/bad guy? PROTEST!
    2. No good guy / bad guy match—ignore.


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