UPDATE: Protected Areas for Loggerheads

Written by on May 7, 2013 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law, Sea Turtles

Late last Thursday night, the U.S. government and conservation groups Center for Biological Diversity, Oceana and Turtle Island Restoration Network reached a settlement in U.S. District Court resulting in a federal commitment to protect critical habitat for endangered loggerhead sea turtles.

To learn more about the lawsuit prior to the settlement, check out this post.

The government has until July 1, 2013 to identify and propose protection of feeding, breeding and migratory habitat in the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. Final decisions must be made by July 1, 2014.

Loggerhead sea turtle.

Loggerhead sea turtle. Photo credit: Marco Giuliano, Fondazione Cetacea, NOAA.

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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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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