Mexico appears to be doing little or nothing to enforce changes in its Gulf of Ulloa fishery to protect the loggerhead sea turtles that migrate from their nesting grounds in Japan across the Pacific Ocean to the Baja California Peninsula.
The loggerheads stay in Baja for decades as they grow and mature, feeding primarily on red crabs. In the last few years the crabs have become a huge fishery and thousands of gillnets are now stretched across Baja’s Pacific coastal waters; “walls of death” that are snaring and drowning vast numbers of turtles.
Mexican government officials last week reported that so far this year 705 loggerheads have stranded dead along a 30-mile shoreline in Baja California’s Gulf of Ulloa. Last year, scientists estimate over 2,000 loggerheads were killed there in gillnets. Last summer in the Gulf saw a 600% increase in turtle deaths. Needless to say, the enormous bycatch is…
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