entanglement in fishing gear
Incidental capture in fishing gear (also known as bycatch) is likely the greatest threat to sea turtles and many other species worldwide. Approximately 40% of all animals caught in fisheries are discarded as trash. Marine mammals, sea turtles, seabirds, and other species are caught and discarded, usually dead. For those animals that are caught and released injured but still alive, their fate after being released is unknown.
Trawls, longlines, driftnets, gillnets, pots, and traps are all responsible for the death of marine creatures by incidental capture or entanglement. Longlines, containing thousands of baited hooks on lines that can be tens of miles long, hook and entangle many animals and fish that aren't intended to be caught. Sea turtles, particularly greens, loggerheads, olive ridley’s, and leatherbacks, and seabirds like albatross, are attracted to the bait and get caught on the hooks or become entangled in the lines and drown.
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European longline fisheries kill thousands of endangered loggerhead sea turtles every year – subsidised by the European Union. Please read more on our blog and learn what we can do to stop this scandal: https://www.turtle-foundation.org/en/european-fisheries-kill-countless-sea-turtles-2018-07/
One of the biggest threats to sea turtles is getting caught in fishing gear. In one study, an estimated 2.5 million turtles were caught in fisheries around the world over a 20 year period. Learn more about this threat here: http://www.seeturtles.org/fisheries-bycatch #SeaTurtleWeek