Dozens of dead sea turtles found on Mexican coast

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Environmental officials in Mexico say dozens of dead sea turtles apparently killed in fishing nets have washed up on beaches in recent days.

Authorities say 59 Olive Ridley turtles have been found on beaches in and around the resort of Acapulco.

Environmental protection officer Manuel de Jesus Solis says his agency found 12 dead turtles bearing marks apparently caused by fishing nets. It was unclear which fishing boats were involved.

Victor Berdejo says another 47 dead turtles were found by personnel at a turtle-protection area he supervises.

The sea turtles, once hunted in Mexico for their meat and eggs, were declared a protected species in 1990. Fishermen are required to include turtle escape devices in their nets.

*WHAT THE FUCK!*

I would like to know why the hell these fishing boats, crew, and men are not being checked to make sure they are in proper compliance. Why aren’t periodic boat inspections being done when these morons are out on the water. Why and what the hell are the authorities doing to make sure these laws are being followed and why aren’t they enforcing them. Oh wait! It’s only some turtles, right.

This species of turtle is on the endangered list for a reason people, their almost extinct! So let us all once again just sit around doing nothing more than what we have letting another species die off only to ask after it happens; what happened to them, what can we do, how can we save them, so forth and so on. WAKE UP NOW! Before it’s to LATE!

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~ by Digory Kirke on July 27, 2008.

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