Tag Archives: Sea turtles

Driftnets: California’s Deadliest Catch

This post is a guest blog from Todd Steiner, Executive Director of the Endangered Species Coalition member group Turtle Island Restoration Network. They are working with other conservation groups to support legislation in California that would put an end to the use of drift gillnets, a commercial fishing technique responsible for enormous amounts of bycatch and the death and injury of many marine species. You can view their factsheet here (.pdf) CALIFORNIA’S DEADLIEST CATCH: The Secret Driftnet Fishery for Swordfish… Continue reading

Kemp’s ridleys losing ground–will the U.S. act?

This is a guest post by Carole H. Allen, Gulf Office Director, Sea Turtle Restoration Project (www.seaturtles.org) In 1906, Richard Kemp spotted a sea turtle on a Florida beach and later had the honor of adding his name to its identification. Years passed with little attention paid to the Kemp’s ridley until June, 1947, when Andres Herrera made an amateur movie that documented, for the first time, an arribada (arrival) of Kemp’s ridleys—some 42,000 females nesting in a single day… Continue reading

Endangered Species Act Bringing Green Sea Turtles Back in Florida

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Fleming, the Florida Representative for Defenders of Wildlife. On a recent moonlit evening, Shannon Miller, Florida Program Coordinator, and I were fortunate to be able to accompany professor emeritus Dr. Llewellyn Ehrhart and several graduate students from the University of Central Florida (UCF) to observe sea turtles nesting on Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Dr. Ehrhart and his team have conducted annual nest monitoring studies in the refuge between Melbourne Beach and… Continue reading