|Milestone 2008 - 30 years of Kemp's Ridley protection|
The year 2008 marks the 30th anniversary of cooperative efforts between the United States and Mexico to protect the critically endangered Kemp's Ridley. It will also be the first year that the entire Texas Coast will be partroled by wildlife officials and volunteers for nests beginning in March.
|Record-breaking year for Kemp's Ridley|
In 2007, 128 Kemp's ridley nests were confirmed on the Texas coast, the most Kemp's ridley nests that have been confirmed since record keeping began in the 1980's.
|The Deadly Shrimper/Sea Turtle Interaction at Padre Island|
The National Academy of Sciences concluded that shrimp trawling kills more sea turtles than all other human means combined. Federal laws requiring the use of Turtle Excluder Devices in shrimp nets have not stopped the needless drowning of endangered sea turtles along the Texas coast. Inconsistent enforcement of and compliance with TED laws have resulted in continued high strandings of Kemp's ridleys and other sea turtle species during the shrimping season.
|About the Kemp's Ridleys at Padre Island|
The Kemp's ridley sea turtle is the most critically endangered sea turtle in the world. Just 50 years ago, at least 40,000 females nested in a single day. Now less than 2,000 nest annually.
|What is a Marine Reserve and its Benefits?|
Marine reserves are marine areas given various levels of protection from human activity. Some of these areas are closed to oil drilling or commercial fishing. No standard definition exists, but no-take marine reserves are gaining support from many scientists as a way to protect our oceans.