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Ideas sought on gathering data on sea turtle trapping

Got any ideas for improving the information collection about accidental entrapment of sea turtles by fishermen? The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic & Administration is seeking public comments on renewal of its Reporting of Sea Turtle Entanglement in Fishing Gear or Marine Debris.

NMFS is proposing no changes but is taking public comments until April 14. Routine renewal of all federal information collection is required under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1985. For details, see

NMFS announced the request on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

NMFS sends about 88 requests a year to governments, businesses and and individual fishermen between Maine and Virginia, usually electronically but sometimes by mail or fax. It estimates it takes between two and two and a half hours to complete the form.

Endangered and threatened sea turtles can get trapped in live or discarded fishing equipment and marine debris.

For information on other attempts to save the turtles, see the stories linked to below.

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