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A new oval bycatch reduction device might spell relief for diamondback terrapins

Diamondback terrapins have always found it hard to catch a break.

Up through the first third of the last century, terrapins were at the top of the list of luxury foods. Joseph Mitchell had a 1930s piece in The New Yorker reporting on a firm in the Fulton Fish Market that sold 2,000 quarts of diamondback terrapin stew a year.

A patchwork of state and federal regulations keep America’s only truly estuarine turtle from being served up as seafood, variously classifying terrapin as endangered, threatened or species of concern throughout the species’ East Coast range.

Randy Chambers explains that diamondback terrapins continue to be unintended victims of the seafood industry, as they end up drowning as bycatch in crab traps. Chambers, the director of William & Mary’s Keck Environmental Field Laboratory, is leading a team that’s trying to find a way to keep turtles out of the traps in the first place…

Read more: https://phys.org/news/2021-09-oval-bycatch-reduction-device-relief.html

petition: STOP HARVESTING OUR TURTLES

petition: STOP HARVESTING OUR TURTLES

Friends! The shells need your help! Did you know it’s still legal to harvest Diamond back Terrapins and Snappers in New york state?!  The Diamond Back is listed as a species of special concern by CITES and yet harvesting them in their native territory is not illegal! How is this possible. 

PLEASE take a moment to sign this petition and share it with others. Time is running out and we can’t let another shell join the lengthy list of critically endangered species. 

Don’t just reblog, Sign the petition and then Reblog! 

Welcome to Rhode Island, Diamondback Terrapin! 

(Source: Providence Journal )

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The rare diamondback terrapin has been detected in Westerly’s Winnapaug Pond, the University of Rhode Island reported on Monday.

Found in salt marsh estuaries from Cape Cod to the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico, diamondback terrapins are the only turtle species in the country that lives in brackish water, URI said. Named for the diamond pattern on its shell, the turtle grows to about eight inches in length with a body color that varies from gray and brown to yellow. In Rhode Island, it is considered endangered and is protected.

Beatty said she detected the new population using binoculars and a kayak.

(Read the whole Article! )

Welcome to Rhode Island, Diamondback Terrapin! 

(Source: Providence Journal )

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The rare diamondback terrapin has been detected in Westerly’s Winnapaug Pond, the University of Rhode Island reported on Monday.

Found in salt marsh estuaries from Cape Cod to the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico, diamondback terrapins are the only turtle species in the country that lives in brackish water, URI said. Named for the diamond pattern on its shell, the turtle grows to about eight inches in length with a body color that varies from gray and brown to yellow. In Rhode Island, it is considered endangered and is protected.

Beatty said she detected the new population using binoculars and a kayak.

(Read the whole Article! )