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Outrageous! Before You Buy Gulf Shrimp, Read This!

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A new study says nearly four in five shrimp trawlers in the Gulf of Mexico are failing to use equipment required to protect endangered sea turtles. The death toll could be as high as 5,000 turtles.


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AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1065)
Thursday July 21, 2011, 3:25 pm
Oceana, the global ocean-conservation group, has unearthed government documents it says paint a damning picture of the Gulf shrimp industry. Only one in five trawlers was in full compliance with rules designed to protect endangered sea turtles


linda b (186)
Thursday July 21, 2011, 3:35 pm
Very disturbing, glad i don't eat any creatures, thanks Cal.

Hartson Doak (39)
Thursday July 21, 2011, 3:52 pm
another reason to avoid Gulf shrimp

Carrie B (306)
Thursday July 21, 2011, 4:08 pm
Between the Gulf oil spill and the NUCLEAR problem in Japan, I am so afraid to anything from the sea!

Bill K (3)
Thursday July 21, 2011, 4:37 pm
it's not just sea turtles - for every one pound of shrimp that are caught 8 pounds of bycatch needlessly die. shrimp fishermen have the worse record for killing non-target species. stick to veggies and let sea animals stay in the sea.

Carol H (229)
Thursday July 21, 2011, 4:40 pm
sadly noted, I dont buy them anyway!!

Erica D (75)
Friday July 22, 2011, 6:28 am
I don't eat animal products, anyway.

Past Member (0)
Friday July 22, 2011, 12:22 pm
That's horrible!

Andrea Connelly (94)
Friday July 22, 2011, 1:01 pm
Even if occasionally I would by shrimp, how could I trust the package labeling? I am no longer sure what comes from China, Taiwan, Korea or other countries. Or, if packaged in Canada, but caught elsewhere, why is it identified as a Canadian product? Not, that it might be better, but I am entitled to know the source of my food, after all, I am paying for it. I've been happily purchasing frozen peas, spinach etc. at a favorite Iranian store, which is nice and clean, and sells reasonably priced products, then I read the label on the frozen goodies. All grown and produced in China. "The answer my ...." I have to start growing my own vegetables that so many of you out there are already doing and support local organic farms by purchasing their produce.

Carol O. (0)
Friday July 22, 2011, 1:18 pm
Truly sad! I love seafood, but don't feel that any is safe any longer. Mercury, pollution, oil spills, nuclear radiation. There needs to be more reinforcement of the laws that are in place. I wonder how much of what goes to market is actually sold/consumed. Too much is wasted, thrown away. I think the consumers control the need for supply - if we all changed our habits, wildlife would benefit greatly.

janet f (29)
Friday July 22, 2011, 1:19 pm
These bastards are playing the "Katrina sympathy card" to get people to buy and eat gulf seafood. Why aren't they being fined? It seems to me to be any easy problem to fix if anyone cared in our gov't cared to.

I'll tell everyone I know to boycott gulf shrimp. This is a real unnecessary waste of life.

Patricia W (94)
Friday July 22, 2011, 3:07 pm
Thanks Cal
I don't buy or eat shrimp and I'm spreading the word for others to do the same.
5,000 sea turtles? What other ways can we come up with to force more species into extinction?

Jeramie D (32)
Friday July 22, 2011, 3:45 pm
I am also glad I don't eat living creatures. I love turtles. This is terrible.

Marilyn M (145)
Friday July 22, 2011, 3:51 pm
Noted. Thank you for posting, Cal. It is time for the government to aggressively enforce the requirement that shrimp fishermen use turtle exclusion devices. Until compliance with the requirement improves, people should boycott Gulf shrimp.

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Friday July 22, 2011, 3:52 pm
Sadly noted. I don't eat shrimp and I love turtles! Thanks Cal!

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday July 22, 2011, 4:28 pm
If they are not using or disabling the devices their boats should be confiscated and not returned to them. That would put a quick end to their practices.

Ralph F (70)
Saturday July 23, 2011, 12:00 am
Another ocean-drag of a story.

Ruth C (87)
Saturday July 23, 2011, 6:05 am
People, let animals live their life in peace!!

Fred Krohn (34)
Saturday July 23, 2011, 8:30 am
Hope those oily shrimp end up killing off the profit anyway... Thanks BP for wrecking the whole ecosystem!

Jean A (14)
Saturday July 23, 2011, 9:32 am
Most fishermen know nothing but fishing, they are uneducated by far and violate and over fish so they can make a living. Does this sound familiar with other jobs. If no regulations violations occur. Why the big gulf spill in the first place. Avoided regulations, How about the Yellow river oil spill again ignored doing the right thing. People don't want big Government but if we don't people will not police themselves. So now Government is too big and the Chesapeake bay is becoming polluted by Purdue chicken waste overflowing into it. Soon there will not be a clean decent place around including the air you breathe and the food you eat (monsanto) and big farms feeding junk to the animals. I eat shrimp all the time and wild caught fish and feel better then eating processed food. The best is to grow your own garden and don't eat much or no beef. We live in tumultuous times.

Dianne D (490)
Tuesday August 9, 2011, 9:34 am
Don't eat meat, including seafood, and dairy and you will not contribute to animal abuse. Most people were brought up on eating meat and think nothing about it - that it once was a life that wanted to live as much as you and I. We need to educate people and start taxing meat. Eating red meat causes 7 cancers. cigerettes causes 2 cancers.
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