New, bigger nets could help with sea turtle rescues
NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The rescues of two sea turtles within the last month on Florida’s Panhandle might lead to a new and improved device to bring the animals to land after they get hooked on a fisherman’s line.
The News-Journal reports the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center is working to secure a patent for a new and bigger net to make it easier for pier staff to lift larger sea turtles onto the pier after they’re caught.
The organization is working with a local resident on the larger and bulkier net, which has a wider opening that will more easily slide under a sea turtle during a rescue.
They submitted paperwork to the U.S. Patent Office this month for the net.
It will be employed when working with larger sea turtles — of all different kinds — that can weigh up to hundreds of pounds.
Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com