Part I of this Comment describes the problem of sea turtle bycatch, focusing on the direct impacts on sea turtles, ineffective laws, and poor reporting. Part II describes the U.S. Atlantic pelagic longline fishing industry by discussing longline fishing methodology, the historical background of the industry, the fish species harvested, and the areas covered by the fishery. Part III describes the current laws and regulations designed to protect sea turtles from becoming bycatch in the U.S. Atlantic pelagic longline fishery. Finally, Part IV provides recommendations for reducing sea turtle bycatch in the future.
A Knot in the Line: Sea Turtle Bycatch Reduction Problems in the United States Atlantic Pelagic Longline Fishery, 2 Golden Gate U. Envtl. L.J.