One of the most important threats to loggerhead turtles, as well as other marine turtle species, is the global fishing industry. Sea turtles are regularly caught by fishing nets and longlines as “bycatch”; they become tangled in a net meant to capture some other marine species, and drown underwater before they can be cut free. Loggerheads are also endangered by threats to their nesting sites on beaches in tropical areas of the world. Coastal development and other human activities on nesting beaches can destroy essential loggerhead nesting habitat. In order to preserve this species, measures must be taken to protect their nesting beaches, and reduce the killing of turtles in fish nets.
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