Posted by: reefrescue | May 21, 2013

Reef Rescue urges feds to protect Ft. Lauderdale beaches for Sea Turtles

Why is most of Broward County left out of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Endangered Species Act, Loggerhead Sea Turtle critical habitat beaches proposal?

Reef Rescue has signed on with 34 other organizations urging FWS to include habitat protection for Loggerhead Sea Turtles to Ft. Lauderdale beaches as well as to all of  Broward County, Florida.

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The organizations, representing millions of members in the Southeast and across the nation, are writing to support proposed regulations that designate critical habitat protections for Loggerhead Sea Turtles along 739 miles of coastline in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi that cover 84 percent of the loggerhead sea turtle nesting areas.

In addition to the above area, several beaches that provide important nesting habitat for Loggerhead Sea Turtles are not included in the proposed FWS rule, such as the beaches extending southward of Hillsboro Inlet in Broward County, Florida. We urge the FWS to include these and other important nesting beaches in the critical habitat designation.

Click to see letter: http://www.scribd.com/doc/142736438/Public-Comments-Support-of-Critical-Habitat-Designation-for-the-Northwest-Atlantic-Ocean-Loggerhead-Sea-Turtle-FWS%E2%80%93R4%E2%80%93ES%E2%80%932012%E2%80%930103

There is still time for the public to comment on the critical habitat proposal.  The final deadline is Friday, May 24. Written comments and information concerning the proposal can be submitted by one of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2012–0103;

or

U.S. mail or hand delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R4–ES–2012–0103; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042–PDM;, Arlington, VA22203.

Additional information about the FWS proposal can be found at: https://reefrescue.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/feds-propose-designating-palm-beach-county-beaches-as-sea-turtle-critical-habitat/

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Responses

  1. Seriously? Wtf !!?!

  2. Why is this so important? Check out our interactive map that shows every one of the 20,000 disoriented hatchlings STOP documented last season in Broward. Click here for map. http://seaturtleop.org/map2012


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