FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2003
TDD (202) 514-1888
MAN CHARGED FOR KILLING SEA TURTLE IN WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thomas L. Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division, today announced the filing of charges in Tacoma, Washington against an individual who collected a green sea turtle from a beach in Ocean Park, Washington, and who later killed the turtle for its shell.
The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) inhabits both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. In the Pacific, it typically ranges from Mexico up to northern California, but can be found as far north as southern Alaska. In the wild, green sea turtles can live for 100 years, grow to a length of over three feet, and weigh up to 400 pounds. The green sea turtle populations are imperiled, and they are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
For his actions, Jenkins has been charged with two counts of violating the endangered species act for his having collected, killed, and possessed the green sea turtle. In addition, Jenkins is charged with violating the Lacey Act, which prohibits the transport of wildlife that was taken in violation of federal law. If convicted, Jenkins faces a maximum punishment of up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
The investigation of this case was lead by Special Agents of the National Marine Fisheries Service. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington, and the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.