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  • La. Senate agrees to let state agents enforce sea turtle law

    June 4, 2015 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House and Senate have both agreed to lift a ban that keeps state wildlife officials from enforcing federal laws that require shrimp nets to include escape hatches for sea turtles. A 36-0 vote Thursday from the Senate moved the proposal - sponsored by Rep. Dorothy... more »
  • House gets bill to let state agents enforce sea turtle law

    April 30, 2015 11:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state House has been sent a bill that would reverse a 1987 law forbidding the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to enforce federal laws requiring shrimp nets to include escape hatches for sea turtles. The House Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment approved the... more »
  • Turtle protection device plans shelved by NOAA

    November 27, 2012 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal officials are scrapping a proposed rule that would have forced shrimpers to install devices on their nets to save endangered sea turtles. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that it is withdrawing plans to require "turtle excluder devices" for small fishing operations that... more »
  • Suit filed over turtle excluder devices

    October 13, 2011 2:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Several wildlife protection groups are suing the federal agency that regulates fishing in U.S. waters, claiming the government isn't doing enough to protect endangered sea turtles from drowning in shrimp nets. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Washington claims the National Marine Fisheries Service violates the Endangered... more »
  • BP sued over spill's toll on wildlife

    October 20, 2010 12:45 PM

    Several environmental groups are suing BP PLC for the oil spill's toll on endangered species of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico's ecosystem. The federal suit filed Wednesday in New Orleans by Defenders of Wildlife, Gulf Restoration Network Inc. and Save the Manatee Club Inc. accuses BP of violating... more »
  • Rescued turtles return to Gulf

    August 18, 2010 11:30 AM

    Twenty-three rescued sea turtles were released back into the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday. NOAA leaders along with Adm. Thad Allen and other coastal leaders and scientists, let the turtles swim back into Gulf waters near Cedar Key, Florida. Scientists selected the area on Florida's Gulf coast for release because it... more »
  • Feds to release endangered sea turtles into Gulf

    July 26, 2010 5:49 AM

    Federal biologists in Texas will release dozens of endangered baby sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico despite the oil 400 miles away. The Kemp's ridley turtle hatchlings between 1 and 4 days old wil be released today. Hundreds of the hatchlings have been released since the U.S. Fish and... more »
  • Online 'turtle talk' set for Friday

    July 16, 2010 5:41 AM

    Today there will be an online discussion about the effect of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on sea turtles with government agencies and sea life experts. Friday's "Turtle Talk" brings together sea turtle experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National... more »
  • Pyrosoma in Gulf dying off

    July 14, 2010 6:24 PM

    Creatures known as pyrosoma that live in the Gulf are dying off every day because of the oil. It could be the first hint of a shift in the food chain. The translucent creatures are common food for the already endangered sea turtles. News 2’s Rob Krieger got answers on... more »
  • Birds released in Florida after rescue from oil spill

    May 31, 2010 12:27 PM

    Six birds rescued from the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana have been released into Florida waters. Federal wildlife officials transported the birds from a wildlife rehabilitation center in Buras, La., to the Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge at the mouth of Tampa Bay. The birds released... more »
  • Fed officials track oil spill impact on wildlife

    May 21, 2010 10:56 AM

    Federal officials say they have found a handful of animals injured by the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico but countless others may be feeling the effects. Ralph Morgenweck of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says many animals that have died will never be found. And... more »

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