Contact: Eleanor Gaskarth
University of Exeter
Caption: The first marine turtle harvest legislation was instigated in Bermuda in 1620 to protect "so excellent a fish" and prohibited taking any turtle "under 18 inches in the breadth or diameter." A new study has found that 42 countries or territories around the world permit the harvest of marine turtles -- and estimates that more than 42,000 turtles are caught each year by these fisheries.
Credit: Peter Richardson
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