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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a final rule to protect diamond back terrapins from wild collection and drowning in recreational blue crab traps. The terrapins are a “Species of Greatest Conservation Need” and a keystone species in Florida’s estuaries. The new rule prohibits collection of diamond back terrapins and requires owners of all recreational blue crab traps to reduce terrapin bycatch by implementing specific bycatch reduction measures by March 1, 2022.

[To accompany Agency Update "Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Announces New Rule to Protect Rare Turtles" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 118.]

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