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Posted Tue Jan 20 2009: from Sydney Morning Herald:
Endangered list grows as slow and steady lose race
AFTER surviving for more than 100 million years, the world's largest sea turtle has been placed on the national threatened species. Leatherback turtles, which are found in waters off NSW as well as south Queensland and Western Australia, can grow up to 1.6 metres in length and 700 kilograms. The Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, said yesterday that the turtles, which had previously been classified as vulnerable, were now considered an endangered species. "The uplisting is mainly due to the ongoing threat the turtle faces from unsustainable harvesting of egg and meat, and pressures from commercial fishing outside Australian waters," he said.
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