Improvements in fishing equipment seem to be preventing lethal ‘bycatch.’ The number of sea turtles accidentally caught and killed in fishing gear in United States coastal waters has declined by an estimated 90 percent since 1990, according to a new study by researchers at Duke University Project GloBAL (Global By-catch Assessment of Long-lived Species) and Conservation International.

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Accidental Sea Turtle Deaths Drop by 90 Percent

Cumulative estimates of sea turtle bycatch and mortality in USA fisheries between 1990 and 2007

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