"Regulators Curb Longline Fishing in Gulf of Mexico to Protect Sea Turtles"

"Federal regulators voted last night to impose tough new restrictions on the commercial longline fishing fleet in the Gulf of Mexico in an attempt to protect marine turtles.

The new fishery-management plan would close certain areas, restrict fishing to boats that have brought in large catches in the past and reduce the number of hooks that can be used during fishing trips.

Commercial fishing representatives said the changes would cut the longline fleet in half."

Allison Winter reports for Greenwire in the New York Times August 14, 2009.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009