Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto: End the Killing of Loggerhead Sea Turtles in Baja Gillnets
  • Petitioned Lic. Marcos Alberto Covarrubias Villaseñor

This petition was delivered to:

Gobernador de Baja California Sur
Lic. Marcos Alberto Covarrubias Villaseñor
Secretario de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
Ing. Juan José Guerra Abud.
Comisionado Nacional de Acuacultura y Pesca de la Secretaría de Agricultura
Lic. Mario Gilberto Aguilar Sánchez
Procurador Federal de la Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente
Lic. Francisco Alejandro Moreno Merino
Comisionado Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas
MC. Luis Fueyo Mac Donald
President of Mexico
Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto

Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto: End the Killing of Loggerhead Sea Turtles in Baja Gillnets

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Endangered loggerhead sea turtles migrate thousands of miles across the entire Pacific ocean through deadly longlines and plastic pollution from their nesting grounds in Japan to feed on the abundance of red crabs along the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. Too often they are met at the end of this arduous journey by an invisible wall of death - hundreds of gillnets stretched across Baja's coast.

Last summer a horrific 600% increase in dead sea turtles was observed in Gulf of Ulloa along Baja's Pacific coast, an area famous for its friendly gray whales and ecotourism. A stunning 483 dead loggerheads were found just in July on one 40km beach, and scientists estimate over 2,000 loggerheads were killed last year in gillnets alone off of Baja's coast.

The bycatch rate of loggerheads in Mexican gillnets is one of the highest in the world — and it is jeopardizing their continued survival. This photo to the right of dead sea turtles was captured on-board a Baja gillnet vessel.

The President of Mexico must respond immediately to protect these sea turtles. Despite decades of cooperative conservation efforts by sea turtle and fisheries teams, the gillnet fleets continue unchecked. No fishery should be allowed to continue when it is killing this many endangered loggerhead sea turtles!

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
    2. files suit & urges Obama to restrict fisheries trade

      The Sea Turtle Restoration Project has filed suit to restrict international fisheries trade between USA and Mexico due to the illegal and unprecedented killings of endangered loggerhead sea turtles in Baja Mexico gillnets. Our press release today urges the Obama administration to take action during their trip to Mexico this week!

    3. Reached 10,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rachel Matthews OAKLAND, CA
      • 7 months ago

      I have spent many a summer in Baja and can only hope we let these beautiful creatures LIVE!

    • Jessica B LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 8 months ago

      Oh my this is horrible! STOP THIS!

    • Jenna Alissa PASADENA, CA
      • 8 months ago

      sea turtles deserve to live. think about it, sea turtles are mammals just like us! it would be so sad if we were being murdered by the hundreds! they are harmless, majestic creatures.

    • Adah Stewart KENT, WA
      • 8 months ago

      No more animals should become extinct and humans should respect nature! :)

    • Maeve Murphy SAN RAFAEL, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Sea turtles are an important part of the ecology of the oceans and must be protected from these senseless deaths.


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