Victory for loggerhead turtles as new areas designated critical habitat

July 10, 2014 2:18 AM

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Victory for loggerhead turtles as new areas designated critical habitat

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have declared two extensive areas as protected critical habitat for the threatened Loggerhead sea turtle. The areas consist of 685 miles of beaches along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, as well as 300,000 miles of ocean. The beaches designated are used by the turtles as nesting beaches, and one stretch in Florida is used as a breeding habitat. The ocean designated includes areas used by the species for reproduction, as well as migratory corridors off North Carolina and Florida.

Environmentalists have called the designation the biggest in US history. The change comes after environmentalists sued the government in 2013, forcing them to protect the area. It is not only they who are happy to see the change however, the director of the USFWS, Dan Ashe, also welcomed the change....

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