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April 6, 2010

Sea turtles, which are the victims of fishery carelessness, may be joining gorillas and bluefin tuna on the list of species close to becoming extinct.

Though fisheries are not actively pursuing them, sea turtles are the bycatch of “giant nets or longlines with thousands of baited hooks” that “snag animals other than what they are intended to catch.”

The sea turtle population has suffered tremendously as a result of bycatch losses, with six of the seven marine turtle species currently categorized as “Vulnerable,” “Endangered” or “Critically Endangered” globally by the IUCN Red List.

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