Turtle Talk Archive

Loggerheads win new protection in Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico

Monday, July 14th, 2014

NOAA and USFWS established critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

The federal government this week initiated protection of 685 miles of beaches from Mississippi to North Carolina and more than 300,000 square miles of ocean as “critical habitat” for loggerhead sea turtles along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is the largest designation of critical habitat ever.

To view the final NOAA Fisheries rule for marine critical habitat, visit www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/criticalhabitat_loggerhead.htm.

To view the final USFWS rule for terrestrial critical habitat and the associated final economic analysis and maps, visit www.fws.gov/northflorida/SeaTurtles/2014_Loggerhead_CH/Terrestrial_critical_habitat_loggerhead.html.

Out of the Light and Into the Darkness: Managing the Impacts of Artificial Light on Sea Turtles

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

It is sea turtle nesting season, the time when threatened and endangered sea turtles come ashore to nest to ensure future generations of their species.

Lights act like magnets to turtles! Watch and learn how you can help them to survive.

Ocean Health Index article “Out Of the Light and Into the Darkness” : http://www.oceanhealthindex.org/News/Out_Of_The_Light_And_Into_The_Darkness

Scientific American article on lighting work in Florida

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

From Marydele Donnelly
Director of International Policy
Sea Turtle Conservancy:

This is a short but valuable article on recent efforts to reduce light pollution on Florida’s beaches. More than 30 years ago Dr. David Ehrenfeld wrote the following about beachfront lighting, “With good will and good science people and sea turtles can use the beaches together.” That is still true about much of what our community does. But sometimes mandatory requirements and fines for crimes against our environment also are important.


First Nest of 2014

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

The first nest in Lee County was found this morning on Sanibel Island! The fun begins!

Green Sea Turtles Make a Comeback in Florida

Friday, December 6th, 2013

After coming close to extinction, nesting for green sea turtles has seen a major increase in Florida. NBC’s Mark Potter reports.

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