Rescue Update from the Sea Turtle Conservancy
To everyone who cares about sea turtles and the marine environment, the ongoing oil spill in the
Of immediate concern is the fate of hundreds of sea turtle nests that are being deposited right now by nesting loggerhead turtles along the north Gulf coast of
In response to this dire situation, federal and state officials, with input from outside experts such as the Sea Turtle Conservancy, have made a bold decision to intervene on a massive scale. An unprecedented plan is in motion to relocate all of the nests from this part of the
The operation is being coordinated by capable and dedicated staff with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Marine Fisheries Service and
Each nest will be allowed to incubate in place until about the 50-day point, and then they will be carefully excavated and placed in specialized incubation containers. Sea Turtle Conservancy has been assisting with construction of the 1,500 or so modified coolers that will be used to hold and incubate the eggs. It is particularly encouraging that FedEx has stepped up to provide their expertise in shipping sensitive cargo in order to transport all of the eggs to the incubation site at the
All of the agencies, organizations and people working on this relocation strategy are very dedicated to getting it right, and I think the program has a high probability of success. As an independent, nonprofit group dedicated to the protection of sea turtles, the Sea Turtle Conservancy is providing its expertise to the operation as needed. We are very supportive of the relocation plan and think the protocol now in place will minimize any potential risks associated with moving the nests and will give tens of thousands of sea turtle hatchlings a fighting chance at survival.
I and other staff members with the STC will be monitoring and participating in the relocation program over the next few months. I look forward to sharing my experiences and thoughts through this blog, and I invite you to learn more about the Sea Turtle Conservancy at www.conserveturtles.org.
David Godfrey is Executive Director of the nonprofit Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC). Formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, STC is the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation group. Founded in 1959 by Dr. Archie Carr—the world’s leading authority on sea turtles—the Florida-based STC continues a 50-year-long effort to study and protect sea turtles in the
Godfrey has been involved professionally in environmental conservation for over 20 years. He has authored numerous articles on environmental matters, with an emphasis on coastal protection and sea turtles. He has participated in sea turtle research projects in six countries and has written and/or narrated documentaries and videos pertaining to sea turtle and coastal conservation issues. Godfrey led the effort to establish Florida’s sea turtle specialty license plate, which is now the main funding source for sea turtle protection in
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