On Mexican coast’s hundreds of decomposing sea turtles, officials suspect illegal fishing net

Category: Special Reports | Posted date: 2018-08-29 16:18:37 | Posted by: Mercy-Babs News


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Mexican environmental officials have said more than 300 endangered sea turtles were found dead near the southern coast of Mexico


On Mexican coast’s hundreds of decomposing sea turtles, officials suspect illegal fishing net

Mexican environmental officials have said more than 300 endangered sea turtles were found dead near the southern coast of Mexico. 

The turtles were said to be found just a few miles southeast of the tourist beach of Puerto Escondido in the state of Oaxaca.

Mexico's federal agency for environmental protection, on Tuesday, opined the hundreds of Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) sea turtles might have died after they became entangled in an illegal fishing net off the coast of La Barra de Colotepec.

The net has been prohibited in the area, officials said.

Report says the government's special prosecutorial office for crimes against the environment (PROFEPA) and other agencies are working to find those responsible for the incident in line with the 1990’s multilateral treaty criminalized killing the protected sea turtles.

PROFEPA confirms that the turtles drowned more than a week ago and had been floating offshore since then.

The species are considered as endangered by Mexican officials and by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The decline of the species is mainly due to human activities, including the incidental capture in commercial fisheries.

Meanwhile, the dead sea turtles were said to have since been removed from the water and buried in order to avoid any further contamination.

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