Diamondback terrapins are the wild jewels of eastern coastlines, known for their beautifully patterned shells. They also play a key ecological role by eating snails that devastate salt-marsh grasses and leave behind barren mudflats. Sadly countless terrapins are unintentionally drowned in crab traps each year when they're lured in by the bait and can't escape.
But there's hope for these rare turtles — and you can help. Using the form on this page, tell the state of New York to save terrapins from drowning by requiring terrapin excluder devices (TEDs).
TEDs are small, inexpensive gadgets that can be attached to crab traps to save terrapins from unnecessary harm. New York has proposed a new rule to require TEDs on all crab traps in terrapin habitat. This new rule is good for conservationists and crabbers alike, preventing the senseless loss of terrapins while insignificantly affecting crab hauls.
Go to http://bit.ly/2vOZLj2
To Tell New York officials you support these common-sense protections for the state's treasured terrapins.
At http://bit.ly/2vOZLj2 you’ll find a detailed letter stating why NYS’s DEC should mandate TED”S on on crab traps.
Fill out the form that asks for your name, email and zip code.
Add any title or affiliation (university, NGO). Just type it right after your last name.
Please feel free to change the language of the letter to fit your own thoughts and experience.
Add to it.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO LIVE IN NEW YORK STATE TO COMMENT.
IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO RECEIVE LETTERS FROM INDIVIDUAL SCIENTISTS TO REPRESENTATIVES OF NGOS WITH BACKGROUNDS APPLICABLE TO THE ISSUE AT HAND FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.
EVEN EXPERIENCE TO YOU THAT MIGHT SEEM TOO REMOTE TO BE RELEVANT. ( Field Herpers)
Remember go to http://bit.ly/2vOZLj2
and fill out the form and save NYS Terrapin’s:
Your letter will be sent to
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
On behalf of the Diamondback terrapins you’ll be helping to save
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