Hooking fish, not endangered turtles

Hooking fish, not endangered turtles

Novel tuna-fishing gear may avoid unintended avian and turtle casualties

By Janet Raloff, 17:27 PM November 11, 2011

A tuna fisherman has taken it upon himself to make the seas safer for sea turtles, animals that are threatened or endangered with extinction worldwide. He’s designed a new hook that he says will make bait — and the lethal barb that secures it — unavailable to marine birds and turtles until long after it’s sunk well below the range where these animals venture to eat.

When I met this Australian, Hans Jusseit, at the Society of Environmental Journalists’ meeting in Miami a few weeks ago, he h...

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