Named for the beautiful pattern on their shells, diamondback terrapins are a charming and important part of estuarine ecosystems along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States. But they're in grave peril now due to habitat loss, vehicle collisions, entrapment in crab pots and overcollection.
New Jersey state laws currently allow unlimited commercial harvest of diamondback terrapins, which are captured to serve voracious Asian markets. This wildly unsustainable practice has devastated the state's terrapins, threatening their very existence.
Fortunately New Jersey has stepped up for terrapins, proposing legislation and an environmental regulation to ban their harvest.
Tell Gov. Christie and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection that you support this ban to help terrapins recover.
June 10, 2016 Action Alert ID# 385
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