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GREAT NEWS: Proposal Will Protect Loggerhead Sea Turtle Habitat in Coastal Waters Off Six States

New proposal would protect loggerhead nesting grounds in the waters off North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Photo: Alejandro Linares Garcia

We're thrilled to share some great news with you -- After more than five years of delay, the federal government finally proposed to protect 36 areas of ocean habitat across six states for loggerhead sea turtles, in response to a lawsuit filed by Oceana, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Turtle Island Restoration Network. After the government failed to respond to petitions to strengthen protections for loggerhead populations from as far back as 2007, we joined with these two other conservation groups to bring the lawsuit. The new proposal by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to protect the waters off of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, comes as a direct result of this lawsuit!


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