Groups sue federal government over sea turtles

By: AP News
By: AP News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A half dozen conservation groups have sued the federal government, claiming the agency that oversees the
Gulf of Mexico fishery is violating the Endangered Species Act by
failing to protect threatened sea turtles.

The groups claim a common type of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico
that uses long, hooked lines to catch grouper and other fish is
killing hundreds of the rare turtles every year. They want the
season stopped until a better plan is in place.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Tallahassee
by Earthjustice on behalf six groups, including Defenders of Wildlife and the Florida Wildlife Federation. They are suing the National Marine Fisheries Service. The agency was not immediately prepared to comment on the lawsuit.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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