Terrapin Institute
United States of America

The Diamondback Terrapin may be under increasing harvesting pressure. This species is a prized food item in many urban markets in the US and in Canada. In response to citizens request the Governor of Maryland has appropriated $250,000 for a five year stock assessment of the Diamondback Terrapin, the State Reptile. ALthough the funds have been requested, the overall budget must be approved. This is a very important study and necessary to conserve this species.

I support the expenditure of $250,000 of public funds to assess the population of diamondback terrapin in the Chesapeake Bay and request that Governor Glendening and the Maryland General Assembly secure these funds.

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