UPDATE: FWS Proposes Protected Areas for Loggerheads

Written by on March 25, 2013 in Policy & Ocean Law, Sea Turtles

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.”

Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta).

Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta). Photo © OCEANA.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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