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June 2015

El Niño Triggers Temporary Drift Gillnet Fishery Closure off Southern California

By Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles, Sharks

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced it will close southern California ocean waters to drift gillnets in order to protect endangered loggerhead sea turtles. This legally mandated closure went into effect June 1 according to regulation and is prompted by current El Niño conditions–warmer than normal ocean waters. The closure will stay in effect until August 31, 2015.

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