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RSS FeedsSea turtles find protection from Senegal fishermen
(World News Science)


3 july 2020 13:26:14

Sea turtles find protection from Senegal fishermen
(World News Science)

In a classic case of `poacher turning gamekeeper`, the fishermen of Senegal have joined forces to protect one of the ocean`s most endangered species -- the sea turtle. Three species can be found on the Senegal coast in west Africa. The most populous is the green turtle and they are joined by the loggerhead and leatherhead which can weigh over 600 kilograms. They are all beautiful creatures but each is threatened by pollution, poaching and, even now, the fishing net. `Once we were the biggest eaters of turtles, now we have become their biggest protectors,` says Abdou Karim Sall, a fisherman who is now the manager of a protected marine zone through which the turtles pass. Some 30 years ago,...

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