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April 2006

Kemp’s Ridley Nesting Season Begins!

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The greatest number of endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles nesting on one day in Texas was recorded Wednesday, April 26. Dr. Donna Shaver, Chief of the Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Division of the National Park Service at the Padre Island National Seashore announced Wednesday evening that the first 10 Kemp’s ridley nests located on the Texas coast during 2006 had been found. Nine were located at Padre Island National Seashore and one on Matagorda Island. Turtles were present at six of the sites. One of the nesters at the National Seashore was a 1987 year class head-start that has nested there before. The others were all wild turtles that had not been documented before. Two nests at the National Seashore were only 50 yards apart.

“Visitors to north Texas coastal beaches should

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International Sea Turtle Swimway Proposed in Gulf of Mexico

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The world’s top sea turtle experts are calling on both the United States and Mexico to provide more protection for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. A resolution passed in Crete earlier this month at the 26th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation recommends that all relevant governmental agencies work to create a migration and nesting season no commercial fishing zone (marine reserve) in the state waters adjoining North and South Padre Islands, Texas, and a year round no-commercial fishing zone from the Mexican border south to Tampico, creating an international protected Kemp’s Ridley Swimway from Corpus Christi, Texas, south to Tampico, Mexico.

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