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.