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Petitioning Senate District 14 Senator Donna Mercado Kim

State of Hawai'i: Keep Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles on the Endangered Species List!

Hello my name is Kim and I live in Hawai'i. I am an avid scuba diver, scuba instructor and have aided in the capture and release of many injured sea turtles due to fishing and ocean debris.

I am also active in counting and monitoring the sea turtles with several agencies. I care very deeply about the health of our oceans and protecting all marine life including our Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, known as Honu in Hawaiian.

I am here to request your “opposition" on HCR14, which urge the federal government to remove the honu from protections under the Endangered Species Act.

Based on the science, I do not think honu populations have recovered to the point of being removed from the Endangered Species List.

An average of 400 to 500 Hawaiian green sea turtles nested every year between 2002 and 2010. Last year a record 843 green sea turtles nested.

However those numbers fall far short of the requirement that 5,000 green sea turtles must nest each year for six consecutive years in order to reach recovery goals under the Endangered Species Act.

Just a thought...some of the turtles we have around the islands have resided in our waters before WWII.

In a 2004 Green Turtle Assessment , the Marine Turtle Specialist Group  (MTSG) of the IUCN  classified green turtles as endangered globally. Analyses of historic and recent abundance information by the MTSG indicates that extensive population declines have occurred in all major ocean basins over approximately the past 100-150 years. The MTSG analyzed population trends at 32 index nesting sites around the world and found a 48-65% decline in the number of mature females nesting annually over the past 100-150 years. 

Threats

-harvest of eggs and adults
-incidental capture in fishing gear
-fibropapillomatosis (disease)
-general threats to marine turtles

-loss of habitat
-increase of boating related deaths
-human development and destruction of nesting beaches

 

The principal cause of the historical, decline of the green turtle is long-term harvest of eggs and adults on nesting beaches and juveniles and adults on feeding grounds. These harvests continues to compromise efforts to recover this species.

Incidental capture in fishing gear, primarily in gillnets, but also in trawls, traps and pots, longlines, and dredges is a serious ongoing source of mortality that also adversely affects the species' recovery.

For more information:

www.tirn.net  (Turtle Island Restoration Network)

Please take a moment to let the State of Hawai'i know you oppose taking these beautiful and much loved sea turtles off the endangered species list!!!

TWO STEPS:

1) It will take approximately 10 seconds to complete your opposition on the link below.

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HCR&billnumber=14&year=2013

 2) sign this petition to the recipients.

Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much)

Pictured above is a honu caught in a fishing hook.

(picture courtesy and copywrite protected by Scubadrew Videoworks)

This petition was delivered to:
  • Senate District 14
    Senator Donna Mercado Kim
  • Senate District 17
    Senator Clarence K. Nishihara
  • Senate District 2
    Senator Russell E Ruderman
  • Senate District 21
    Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro
  • Senate District 9
    Senator Sam Slom
  • Senate District 4
    Senator Malama Solomon
  • Senate diste 11
    Senator Brian T Taniguchi
  • Senate District 25
    Senator Lauren Thielen
  • Senate District 24
    Senator Jill Tokuda
  • Senate District 15
    Senator glenn Wakai
  • Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawai`i
    The Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui,
  • Pacific Islands Regional Administrator, NOAA/NMFS
    Mr. Michael Tosatto
  • Chairperson, Department of Land & Natural Resources
    Mr. William J. Aila, Jr.
  • Senate District 8
    Senator Ronald Kouchi
  • Senate District 18
    Senator Michelle N. Kidani
  • Senate District 23
    Senator Clayton Hee
  • Senate District 6
    Senator Rosalyn Baker
  • Senate District 13
    Senator Suzanne Shun Oakland
  • Senate district 22
    Senator Donovan De la Cruz
  • Senate district 7
    Senator J. Kalani English
  • Senate District 19
    Senator Will Espero
  • Senate District 20
    Senator Mike Gabbard
  • senate District 20
    Senator Brickwood Galuteria
  • Senate District 3
    Senator Josh Green
  • Senate District 10
    Senator Les Ihara, Jr.
  • Senate District 1
    Senator gilbert Kahele
  • Senate District 5
    Senator gilbert Keith Agaran
  • Senate District 16
    Senator David Ige (Senate District 16)


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