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June 10, 2019 - McClatchy DC Bureau

Pacific sea turtles likely to go extinct under Trump administration policy, lawsuit argues

Pacific sea turtles likely to go extinct under Trump administration policy, lawsuit argues
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Leatherback sea turtles are likely to be “effectively extinct within 20 years” if two new federal permits for fishing off the coast of California go into effect, environmental groups claim in a new lawsuit.

Environmental groups argue, however, that the fishing permits are using a loophole to allow the controversial fishing practice known as longline fishing in the protected Pacific Leatherback Conservation Area.

VA: The Leatherback Sea Turtle, which evolved around 100 million years ago, co-existing with the dinosaurs is 1 of 7 species of marine turtles in the world. Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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