Monday, June 4, 2018

World Oceans Week!

For lovers of Earth Day - the festivities continue with World Oceans Week!!!

To get you in a festive mood, here is a tale of good news for aquatic creatures.

The Good News!

1. Crabbers in Long Island were drowning countless numbers of terrapins…until Carl LoBue got results! 

Photo Credit: Cool Green Science Blog

He was acting director of the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's Marine Crustacean Unit.  In the late 90's he became aware of the carnage and fought within his agency for turtle excluder devices to be required on crab pots. He lost because:

a) Crabbers fought hard against the devices.
b) The state offered wildlife permits to hunt and sell unlimited numbers of terrapins for their meat, an argument against their protection.
Photo Credit: Cool Green Science Blog

That was that…until 2014. Now LoBue was employed by The Nature Conservancy as N.Y. Oceans Program Director. When the issue arrived on his desk in 2014, he was ready to try again…this time with a game plan that included science, dialogue, and collaboration.

..AND "for the first time this year there will be no directed harvest of diamondback terrapins anywhere in New York, and terrapin excluders will be required on crab traps in prime habitats."  
- Matthew L. Miller. Cool Green Science Blog

How will you show the oceans some love this week?


  1. What GREAT news!!!! Yaaaaaaaay for the Terrapins.

  2. that is a super news!!! and our tortoise hell-mutt is happy to that his swimming cousins can get free now...

  3. YAY fur Carl LoBue!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. Toby is that your peeps under the see swimming with sea turtles? OMCs they are very brave!
    Hugs madi your bfff

  5. What great news!!!!!

    We always bring a small garbage bag when we walk our local beach for any garbage we see!
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy

  6. I wish I lived by the ocean so I COULD show it some love!

  7. Fantastic! It's so good to hear of a success story in saving animals. -RascalandRocco

  8. Love reading success stories like that, so thank you for sharing.

  9. Yay, great news! Now I wish we would do somethu g about all the plastic in the ocean.

  10. Happy World Oceans Week! What great news that terrapin excluders will be enforced in crabbing as a way to protect the diamondback terrapin. Even such minor changes such as changing traps greatly benefits the creatures of the sea. Thanks for the great article share.
    World of Animals


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