Shrimp trawling is one of the primary threats to sea turtle survival in the United States. Every year, the shrimp trawl fishery incidentally captures and drowns thousands of sea turtles, including the critically endangered Kemp’s ridley in the Gulf of Mexico.
For a very short time, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is accepting public comments on its proposal to continue for another decade the moratorium on issuing new Gulf Shrimp permits. Keeping this moratorium is important to protect sea turtles.
Please give sea turtles a voice and let officials know they need to do more to protect them from the shrimp trawl fishery! Please submit your comment by visiting the NMFS website by June 6. For your convenience, I’ve created a sample comment for you (below). You can either cut and paste, make your own adjustments, or come up with your own.
Thank you in advance.
Dear National Marine Fisheries Service,
I support the proposed action to continue the current moratorium on issuing new Gulf Shrimp permits through October 26, 2026. Please use this opportunity to do more to protect sea turtles from the shrimp trawl fishery, which has been the primary threat to sea turtle survival for decades.