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Sea Turtle, Smalltooth Sawfish, and Giant Manta Ray Release Guidance and Reporting for Commercial Fisheries

Ways to reduce the stress for sea turtles, smalltooth sawfish, and giant manta ray caught in various fishing gears.

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