"NOAA Backs Off Turtle Death Data in the Gulf"
"BILOXI -- NOAA Fisheries has data that shows Gulf shrimpers are now using their turtle-protection devices. Partly because of this, the agency has decided not to impose emergency measures on the shrimping industry in order to stop the unusually high number of sea-turtle deaths in the northern Gulf since the BP oil spill in 2010."
"For one thing, the biggest spike in sea turtle deaths this year came in April, a month before the shrimp season opened.
A spokeswoman for the shrimping industry called it 'an absolute victory.' ...
And environmentalists said it’s an encouraging sign, but not the end of the issue."Source: Biloxi Sun-Herald, 08/15/2011