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Atlantic Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Team Members

The Atlantic Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Team is one of several take reduction teams established to help develop plans to mitigate the risk to marine mammals posed by fishing gear.

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A map showing turtle effigy and turtle carcass drift track comparison. A map showing turtle effigy and turtle carcass drift track comparison. The reasoning behind using effigies was to develop a product that mimicked how a sea turtle carcass drifts in order to repeat the study in other locations without the use of actual sea turtle carcasses. Here you can see an effigy follows the same drift pattern as two sea turtle carcasses.