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Learn how to protect Mississippi's sea turtles

Green Sea Turtle (Photo source: NOAA) Green Sea Turtle (Photo source: NOAA)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Fishermen and others interested in protecting our area's sea turtles can learn exactly how they can help tonight at the Mississippi State Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.

Fisheries biologist Carrie Horton will review the different species of sea turtles, their life histories and present techniques fishermen can employ to minimize their chances of catching a sea turtle.

Horton has worked at the NOAA Pascagoula Laboratory since 2002 and participates in numerous research surveys. She is also involved with sea turtle standings and is a Southeast Science Fisheries Center Shipboard sea turtle trainer for the careful release of turtles. She reminds everyone to call the Wildlife Hotline at 866-557-1401 to report oiled, injured or dead sea turtles, marine mammals or birds.

"Because there appears to be a greater concentration of sea turtles in the Mississippi Sound and its adjacent waters since the oil spill, there is a greater chance that you may catch one of these protected animals when you are fishing," says Jennifer Buchanan education coordinator at the NERR. "Special care must be taken when these unintentional catches happen, so that only minimal damage occurs to these air-breathing sea turtles."

The seminar will begin at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 13, at the Mississippi State Coastal Research and Extension Center located at 1815 Popp's Ferry Road in Biloxi. For more information contact the DMR at (228) 374-5000.

The seminar is hosted by the Department of Marine Resources' Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab's Marine Education Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Pascagoula Laboratory.

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