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Sea Turtles Need Your Help!

Help Protect Sea Turtles on the West Coast
Tell the Pacific Fisheries Management Council Not to Gut Protections for Sea Turtles at its Portland Meeting on September 20.
Sea Turtle caught in net
Sea Turtle caught in net
Help Protect Sea Turtles on the West Coast
Tell the Pacific Fisheries Management Council Not to Gut Protections for Sea Turtles at its Portland Meeting

On Tuesday, September 20, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which is responsible for managing fisheries off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington, will be considering a proposal to grant exemptions to a small number of fishers to a measure that closes a large area of the California coast to destructive gillnet fishing that injures and kills large numbers of endangered sea turtles, sharks, billfish and marine mammals. Also known as "curtains of death," gillnets kill everything it catches including the ancient leatherback sea turtle which now teeters on the brink of extinction in the Pacific Ocean.

In response to lawsuits by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project and the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency Fisheries agency restricted gillnets by introducing "time and area closures" where gillnets are not allowed in order to protect endangered sea turtles and other marine species such as sharks, billfish and marine mammals.
Now the council is attempting to roll back these protections back in favor of a small handful of fishers using deadly fishing gear.

Please join the Sea Turtle Restoration Project and our partner Oceana at the Council meeting to speak out and stop this rollback on Tuesday, September 20th at:

Embassy Suites Hotel Portland Airport
7900 NE 82nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97220
Phone: (503) 460-3000 or (800) 362-2779

For more information about the PFMC meeting go to:

 http://www.pcouncil.org/events/2005/pfmc0905.html

For more information contact:
Robert Ovetz
Save the Leatherback Campaign Coordinator
Sea Turtle Restoration Project
415-488-0370 x106
 robert@seaturtles.org

To send a letter of protest go to www.seaturtles.org

***sign our petition to the UN calling for a moratorium on Pacific longlining***
 http://www.savetheleatherback.com

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