Grupo Tortuguero has collaborated with fishermen in Mexico, as well as fishermen in Japan, to help find creative ways to reduce the number of marine turtles captured in their fishing nets and lines. Finding a solution to this problem not only protects the turtles, but it can help the fishermen make more money, by not loosing fishing gear to tangled turtles, and by not wasting time having to remove turtles from their nets and lines. So this cooperative is a win-win for all parties involved.
This short video shows a new turtle-release method being tested and demonstrated at a recent meeting in Japan. (Note on the end - those surface lines appear to be in place for the sake of this test at the aquarium...) Enjoy!