I received a wonderful message today from our friends at Sea Turtle Restoration Project. I hope that you’ll take some time to help them protect sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico:
Please make at least one telephone call for the survival of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles this Thursday, April 28!
No action has yet been taken to stop sea turtles from washing up dead and dying in the Gulf of Mexico. You can make a difference now with one call to the office of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard.
Courteously leave a message about the need for National Marine Fisheries Service and the Coast Guard to send law enforcement to the Gulf of Mexico to ensure that shrimp fishers are using Turtle Excluder Devices in their nets. The state of Louisiana has NEVER enforced the federal Turtle Excluder Device law in their state waters.
First, please take a few minutes to look at this New York Times video before you make your call.
Call the Chairman’s office today: Senator Mark Begich on Capitol Hill in Washington DC: 202-224-3004.
We suggest this short message be given to whomever answers: (Give your name and city of residence.) “I am calling about increasing protections for endangered sea turtles in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf of Mexico, where record numbers of dead sea turtles have washed ashore this month. Please urge the National Marine Fisheries Service and Coast Guard to increase enforcement of Turtle Excluder Devices in the shrimp trawl fishery immediately.”
You can also refer to the New York Times article: The New York Times reported that many of those found dead on Mississippi beaches appear to have been drowned in shrimp trawl nets and landed in Mississippi from ocean currents bringing them east from Louisiana.
Next, call and share your concerns with NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco: 202-482-3436. For the maximum impact, call, write, and fax your U.S. Senators and share this important message to save Kemp’s ridleys. Click here to find your Senator’s phone number.