Scallopers Resist Turtle-Excluder Dredges
November 17, 2011
Boston Globe: The slow-swimming creatures that lumber through the cold waters south of Cape Cod come from an ancient lineage that can grow to 1,000 pounds and live for 70 years.
Once thriving off the East Coast, loggerhead sea turtles have become a threatened species, as local fishermen kept finding the docile reptiles dead in their nets or slashed by the fast-moving steel dredges that scoop up scallops along the seabed.
Now, after a decade of pressure from environmental groups, regulators are moving to require the scallop industry to use new equipment designed to protect the turtles. But the changes are controversial, because some local fishermen say it could cost them tens of thousands of dollars and significantly reduce their catch.
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