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Sea Turtles

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Court Finds the National Marine Fisheries Service Must Take Action to Protect Sea Turtles After Gulf Oil Spill

Conservation groups scored a victory in court in July 2011 with their effort to protect imperiled sea turtles from death and injury from the Gulf of Mexico bottom longline fishery.

New Rules Will Protect Cape Hatteras Wildlife

In 2010, in response to a coalition lawsuit filed in 2007 by Audubon North Carolina, Defenders of Wildlife and the Southern Environmental Law Centerm the National Park Service implemented long overdue safeguards for pedestrians and beach-nesting wildlife on park beaches overrun by off-road vehicles.

Defenders Staff and Volunteers Help Clean Up Beaches in the Wake of the  2010 Gulf Oil Disaster

With the potential threat of oil coming ashore after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Defenders Florida staff and volunteers helped collect fishing line, plastics and other marine debris to protect sea turtles, manatees, birds and other wildlife from ingestion and entanglement.

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore is one of our nation’s treasures. It’s a place where people can enjoy the beach and wildlife can safely live and raise their young. But it wasn’t always this way.
Green Sea Turtle, Photo: NOAA
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Named for the color of their fat—a result of their exclusively vegetarian diet as adults—green sea turtles come ashore each year to nest as they have done since the age of the dinosaurs.
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August, 2013 - Thanks to Defenders and our advocates fighting to keep vital protections in place, Cape Hatteras National Seashore saw a record-breaking year of nesting sea turtles.