17 February 2009

A single abandoned fishing line can kill

“The turtle suffered horrific injuries from the fishing line which cut through its skin, severing an artery and almost removing the flipper totally,” said Australian wildlife officers who handled the incident. The turtle had also partially ingested the line.

The turtle was taken to the vet who was unable to save it. The turtle was humanely euthanized. “Unfortunately in this instance the turtle was unable to be saved due to extensive injuries."

Singapore's shores, sadly also suffer greatly from abandoned fishing nets and lines.Dragging out the nets
Here's volunteers removing a very small portion of the abandoned nets on Chek Jawa.

Sea turtle dies after fishing line entanglement
Sun Weekly 17 Feb 09;
A GREEN turtle found entangled in fishing line at Woy Woy Bay has died after suffering horrific injuries.

The discarded fishing line was wrapped around the turtle’s front left flipper and a pylon, trapping the turtle.

Woy Woy Bay residents Greg and Sue Johnson sighted the turtle and Mr Johnson went to investigate.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Acting Regional Manager, Ms Jenni Farrell praised Mr Johnson’s efforts in rescuing the turtle.

“Mr Johnson kayaked to the turtle, donned goggles and jumped into the water to cut the fishing line, freeing the turtle.

“The turtle suffered horrific injuries from the fishing line which cut through its skin, severing an artery and almost removing the flipper totally,” said Ms Farrell.

The turtle had also partially ingested the line.

NPWS officers took the turtle to the vet who was unable to save the turtle and it was humanely euthanized.

“Unfortunately in this instance the turtle was unable to be saved due to extensive injuries.

“The sad loss of the turtle highlights the need for people to be mindful when using the waterways around the Central Coast and to dispose of their rubbish appropriately.

“Many of our marine animals such as turtles, waterbirds and seals become entangled in discarded fishing line often suffering debilitating injuries. Other pollution such as plastic bags is also a concern for our native species.

“Green Turtles are in danger of extinction in many parts of the world so each one that dies is a real loss,” said Ms Farrell.

To report a turtle sighting or obtain further information please call the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service on 4320 4200.

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