Over 21,000 Voices Strong for Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Wildlife advocates take a stand to help strengthen protections for sea turtles under the Federal Endangered Species Act.

Loggerhead Turtle

The voice of America's wildlife advocates, in the call for strengthening protections for loggerhead sea turtles, just got stronger.

On November 15, 2007, a petition was filed by Oceana and the Center for Biological Diversity to designate Western North Atlantic loggerhead sea turtles as a proposed distinct population segment (DPS) with endangered status.    

In 2008, the voice for loggerhead sea turtles manifested into a recovery plan by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which presented goals to set up "recovery units" all over the country to help manage beach habitats for successful nesting to increase the number of nesting loggerhead sea turtle females.

Now in 2010, the voice for strengthening protections for loggerhead sea turtles continues to grow with the recent six-month public comment period held by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Services.

During the comment period, which wrapped up early last week, wildlife advocates like you submitted over 21,000 public comments in support of stronger protections for loggerhead sea turtles.  These comments can help influence the proposed rule to strengthen protections for several populations of loggerhead sea turtles under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Along with these comments, National Wildlife Federation Action Fund supporters donated a total of $11,500 to go towards efforts to fight for wildlife like the loggerhead sea turtle; exceeding our goal of raising $10,000 for this campaign!

Your generous contributions will help to continue the fight for raising public awareness of the top wildlife conservation issues of our time, and in efforts to mobilize America's wildlife advocates to keep the pressure on decision makers to protect our nation's wildlife and wild places.

As the verdict is still out for strengthening protections for loggerhead sea turtles under the ESA, you can continue to voice your support for dozens more of America's wildlife that need your voice today.