TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State wildlife officials have
tentatively approved a new rule that will impose the nation's
strongest measures to protect freshwater turtles in Florida.
The proposal is now open for public comment until the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission board meets again in June
for a final vote.
The board approved the draft proposal Wednesday during a meeting
State scientists and environmentalists claim that commercial
freshwater turtle harvests could decimate their populations.
The turtles are considered a delicacy in Asia, where thousands of
Florida's species are shipped annually.
The new rule would allow a person to take one turtle a day from