2004 – The Center petitioned to list the Cagle’s map turtle, a rare riverine turtle that survives only in the Guadalupe River system in Texas and is threatened by collectors for the pet trade, under the Endangered Species Act. This species had been placed on the federal candidate list in 1977 but was removed in 2006.
2007 – After Center allies petitioned Texas to ban all commercial harvest of freshwater turtles, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department voted to end commercial harvest in public waters — but continued to allow unlimited commercial harvest of seven turtle species from private waters.
March 27, 2008 – The Center filed emergency petitions with Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas requesting a complete ban on commercial harvest of freshwater turtles, in an effort to end unsustainable harvest and stop the export of contaminated turtles to international food markets.
January 25, 2012 – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board of Directors unanimously approved its first-ever state rules regulating the commercial collection of wild freshwater turtles.
2010 – The Center and allies petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Barbour’s map turtleunder the Endangered Species Act.
2011 – The Service determined that the turtle “may warrant” protection as an endangered species.
November 9, 2012 – In response to the Center's 2011 petition, the Service announced that it would propose three species of U.S. freshwater turtles for protection at the2013 meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora in Thailand.
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