Make Calls Today for Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles
Please make at least one telephone call for the survival of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, every new voice counts!
Enter your ZIP code below for the phone number of your local senator.
No action has yet been taken to stop sea turtles from washing up dead and dying in the Gulf of Mexico. You can make a difference now with one call to the office of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard.
Courteously leave a message about the need for National Marine Fisheries Service and the Coast Guard to send law enforcement to the Gulf of Mexico to ensure that shrimp fishers are using Turtle Excluder Devices in their nets. The state of Louisiana has NEVER enforced the federal Turtle Excluder Device law in their state waters.
First, please take a few minutes to look at this New York Times video before you make your call.
In our email, we had you call Senator Mark Begich on Capitol Hill in Washington DC: 202-224-3004.
Next, call your local senator. After that, please continue and call the head Administrator at NOAA, Jane Lubchenco: 202-482-3436
We suggest this short message be given to whomever answers: (Give your name and city of residence.) "I am calling about increasing protections for endangered sea turtles in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf of Mexico, where record numbers of dead sea turtles have washed ashore this month. Please urge the National Marine Fisheries Service and Coast Guard to increase enforcement of Turtle Excluder Devices in the shrimp trawl fishery immediately."
To learn more, click here to download our letter to Senator Mark Begich, and click here to download our April 4 letter to Eric Schwaab, Deputy Director at the National Marine Fisheries Service. Both letters detail our concerns and urge emergency action to protect endangered sea turtles. The photo of the dea Kemp's ridley was provided by concerned Mississippi local Shirley Tillman.