Tag: Turtles

Breaking! Massive Oil Spill Off The Coast Of Israel Wreaks Havoc Covering Sea Turtles In Thick Tar; Rescue & Cleanup Efforts Are Underway

Photos by: Yaniv Levi, Shlomi Amran, Shlomi Ben Shimol, and Nadi Kansky from Israel Sea Turtle Rescue Center, Facebook

Israel is in an urgent race to save wildlife after an oil tanker leaked in the Mediterranean Sea. This is Israel’s most serious ecological disaster in recent years.

As per a statement from Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, sticky, black tar began washing up and contaminating the beaches last Wednesday, as a result of the stormy weather. It is feared that another storm with high waves will begin this week.

Thousands of trained volunteers across Israel are helping with beach restoration efforts, which include rescuing marine animals. Israel Sea Turtle Rescue Center confirmed in a post on its Facebook page that it is treating multiple turtles covered in tar.

The organization, which is affiliated with Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority and the Israel Nature and Heritage Foundation (INHF), is urging the public to immediately report any sea turtle found “alive or dead” to its 3639 hotline.

“Live turtles must come to treatment at the rescue center as soon as possible, while the dead turtles are important to document, so that we learn the scope of the disaster,” the wildlife sanctuary shared in the post.

Sadly, out of 190km of beach in Israel, 170km were hit by the oil spill, from Rosh Hanikra to Zikim. The nature reserves affected include: Shakmona, Habonim, Rosh Hanikra, Tel Dor, Palmachim, Nitzanim, Zik Gedor, Hasharon Beach.

As noted by the Nature and Parks Authority on its Facebook page, field assessments report that it is evident that these complex and strenuous operations will be required to continue over a long period of time. The Authority is working with EcoOcean and other organizations that are involved in the clean-up and are setting up information and volunteer stations at several centers along the beach.

If you are currently in Israel and would like to volunteer to help in the cleanup efforts, please find more information HERE!

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Breaking! 351 Sea Turtles Found Dead Off The Coast Of Baja California Where 137 Sea Lions Perished Last Week

Photo by: Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental 

Environmental groups recently announced that a total of 351 loggerhead sea turtles have been found dead so far this year in the same area of Baja California coastline where authorities also found 137 dead, beached sea lions last week.

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) recorded 351 dead loggerhead turtles on San Lázaro beach in Baja California Sur. In addition, stranded sea lions have been found at the site.

In accordance with the provisions of the fishing refuge regulation, it is established that the allowable limit of turtles per year is 90 total. If this yellow turtle mortality limit is reached, commercial fishing with gillnets, falsework or longlines must be suspended for the rest of the year.

Given the situation, Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental together with the Center for Biological Diversity, are asking Mexico’s National Aquaculture and Fishing Commission (Conapesca) to comply with the fishing refuge provisions that they have established. The organizations are also asking PROFEPA to be transparent during the investigation into the sea turtle deaths.

The mortality of marine wildlife is not new in the area. Since last year, 331 loggerhead turtles, 10 dolphins, 15 sea lions, 131 black sea turtles, 18 olive ridley turtles, and 6 whales were found dead. According to information obtained through La Plataforma Nacional de Transparencia (the National Transparency Platform), in 2018, 459 loggerhead turtles and 97 black turtles were also found dead.

“We are concerned that the loggerhead turtle mortality in the Gulf of Ulloa is worsening and that the environmental authorities continue to fail to enforce the applicable regulation,” said Mario Sánchez, Director of CEMDA’s Northwest regional office, in a statement. “The finding of the 137 sea lions killed last week is evidence of the serious situation facing marine species in this area. It is urgent that the Federal Government address this problem, strengthening the capacity of environmental and fisheries institutions, allocating an adequate budget.”

“In the case of loggerhead turtles, they have been victims of fishing nets,” said Alejandro Olivera, a Center for Biological Diversity representative in Mexico. According to the rules of the fishing refuge, Conapesca should have a program of technical assistants and scientific observers on board the fisheries, which would have better information on the deaths of these marine species.

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