Settlement In Gill Net Case To Protect NC Turtles

A settlement has been reached between North Carolina regulators and a rescue center in an effort to protect endangered turtles in coastal waters.

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission and the Division of Marine Fisheries agreed to new rules governing fishing practices to minimize the incidental catch of turtles.

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center filed the lawsuit in February to protest the use of gill nets by coastal fishermen. The center alleged that the nets ensnare and kill sea turtles.

There will be new rules regulating the size and type of gill nets and the time frame when they can be deployed. Among other new regulations, a committee is being appointed that will advise state authorities on sea turtle protection.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2010 at 07:59 PM
    gillnets feed this country, but the people that eat the seafood could care less if we loose everything. wake up people this wasnt even because of turtles ,it was because the cca and cfrg could not get laws passed by the state to declare red drum and specled trout as gamefish. gamefish means not able to sell. not able to sell means no more local seafood. in commercial fishing communities all over this state families are going without being able to provide for there children. how would you like it if told you that you could no longer work ,because you might run over a squirrel on the way.these turtles are not as rare as they would have you think, the last survey on sea turtles was done in the 70s. do you know how much has changed since then they are over regulating us out of buiseness. the only thing endangered is commercial fishermen, and the truth about TURTLES,AND THE PEOPLE PROTECTING THEM, they dont care about turtles they just want the fish for there selves. GREED GREED GREED !
  • by jason Location: jacksonville on May 17, 2010 at 03:36 PM
    at this rate next they will be saying that you can only net fish 9-5 monday through friday
  • by ted Location: jacksonville on May 14, 2010 at 05:00 AM
    Why does the marine fisheries keep kissing these peoples a---- I think they should fight the suit all the way to the supreme court if needed. I have never caught a turtle in the net , but now if I do I will try to hold him underwater till he drowns. The next ones to sue will be the recreational crowd from Raleigh , & they will do the same thing , kiss up to them . We need someone to have the backbone to stand up to this crowd .I would donate money to fight the suit . You have people from the beach telling people to steal fish out of nets. They wouldnt feel to good to be picking rocksalt out of their butts.
  • by Boats Location: Beaufort on May 14, 2010 at 01:36 AM
    Careful Keith, mustn't upset the dirt worshipers.
  • by Keith Location: OBX on May 13, 2010 at 06:24 PM
    Another victory for the enviromental wackos. Which user group will be next?
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