Loggerhead Mortality Rate up 600 Percent

More than 7,000 Loggerhead turtles died from fishing accidents off the coast of Puerto Lopez Mateos in Mexico since 2006.

The Loggerhead sea turtle is one of the iconic Tampa Bay animals. Unfortunately, the baby loggerheads that are so cared for on the beaches of Pinellas County could face trouble as they move south.

More than 7,000 of the endangered Loggerhead turtles died from fishing accidents off the coast of Puerto Lopez Mateos in Mexico since 2006, according to a press release from the Oceanic Society, the Mexican Center for Environmental Rights and the Defenders of Wildlife.

The National Fisheries Institute has reported that off the coast, two turtles are accidentally killed each day per net. 

In the U.S., Loggerhead turtles are classified as endangered and fishing fleets are required to cease fishing activities while Loggerheads are near.

jalen November 19, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Thanks Leigh for the insight--- we've got to look out for natures treasure and we around the Bay should know about what's happening in our oceans and streams. www.inspiretampabay.com
Bill Stokes November 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM
A large portion of loggerhead deaths are the result of trawl fishing such as shrimping drowning the turtles. Turtle Extrusion Devices (TED's) are required in the U.S. and when used, significantly reduce the fatalities. The lack of regulation of this nature in Mexico equals the high mortality rates you reported.
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