Recently in my journalism class, we were given an assignment to read an article on Loggerhead turtles and summarize it for our readers (you) to enjoy. We were also asked to include three links for expanded information. Here is my summary and links to other Loggerhead turtle articles that might be of interest. Listed below my summary is the original link to the Loggerhead turtle article. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions for me. Enjoy the story.
Proposed Protection for Loggerhead Turtles
Loggerhead turtle populations have declined and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing rule changes to ensure their survival.
Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service issued a proposal to separate the Loggerhead population into nine separate protected status populations. Key names would be changed to accommodate this new classification system . The proposed changes are in direct correlation to the nesting decreases that are between 41-87%. The turtle’s would move from the “threatened” to “endangered” status.
The proposed regulatory move is expected to take effect this summer. Fisherman and interested parties are concerned about the effect that these new restrictions may have on the North Carolina waters where the Loggerheads are predominantly found. There should be little or no change to onshore procedures, as many communities already encourage and respect nesting practices. An attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity assured the public that there would not be a ban on fishing, and that this is to protect the environment while finding a correct balance for all creatures.
However, offshore practices may be altered but to what extent is still up in the air. The Environmental Defense Fund expects these changes to be minimal. The goal is to encourage the populations to return to acceptable numbers so they can eventually be removed from the “endangered” species list. The biggest changes to current policies would be to offshore development and fisheries using more “turtle friendly” nets and equipment.