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FibreGlass Shark Plans to Save Turtles from Extinction

09 July 2004

Fibreglass sharks might help to scare endangered sea turtles away from long-line fish hooks as part of a drive to protect the world's migratory species, according to the U.N. Environment Program.

""Many sea turtle populations are declining precipitously,"" UNEP said in a booklet on how to protect the marine creatures, marking the 25th anniversary of the U.N. Convention on Migratory Species agreed in Bonn in 1979.

Turtles are among about 10,000 species, ranging from butterflies to whales, that move regularly to new breeding or feeding grounds. Human activities such as long-line fishing threaten to wipe out many of them.

One of the deterrents being researched involves placing fibreglass sharks near fishing lines to frighten turtles away.






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