Last Friday (March 22) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced their proposal to designate 739 miles of critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles in response to the lawsuit filed by Oceana, Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Turtle Island Restoration Network at the beginning of the year.
The protected area will cover 84 percent of all known nesting beaches, stretching along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts from North Carolina to Mississippi.
“The Southeast’s nesting loggerheads swim thousands of miles through an obstacle course of human-made hazards,” said Jaclyn Lopez, a Florida attorney with the CBD. “Protected beach habitat will help ensure that when they reach our beaches, exhausted and ready to nest, they’re met with true southern hospitality: plenty of food, good conditions for nesting, and safe beaches for hatchlings to leave their nests so they may someday return to continue the cycle of life.”
To learn more:
- Read about the lawsuit: Lawsuit Filed to Protect Loggerhead Sea Turtles
- Read the whole news release about the proposal: 739 Miles of U.S. Coastline Protected for Loggerhead Sea Turtles
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