Protect Loggerhead Sea Turtles
Beaches along the Atlantic coast and Florida Gulf coast need greater safeguards for nesting loggerhead sea turtles. The U.S. coast hosts most nesting sites for North Atlantic loggerhead sea turtles and is home to one of the most significant nesting aggregations of loggerheads in the world.
The Center for Biological Diversity and allies have sought greater loggerhead protections, but the government is delaying and backpedaling from its proposal to extend "endangered" status to loggerheads in the Atlantic, at the same time postponing uplisting of loggerheads in the Pacific Ocean.
This delay is inexcusable, especially in light of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico last year. The future of Northwest Atlantic loggerheads is even more precarious now than when we petitioned for uplisting, and the need for urgent action is even greater. While the government postpones uplisting and critical habitat designation, loggerhead sea turtles continue to drown in fishing gear and lose nesting habitat to sea-level rise and development.
Your comments are critical to enhancing protections for loggerhead sea turtles. We need your help voicing support for uplisting this population in spite of fishing-industry opposition to more stringent protections. Please act now.