Final loggerhead sea turtle proposal hearing held - WNCT

Final loggerhead sea turtle proposal hearing held

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. -

Thursday night was the last of a series of three public meetings in Morehead City about loggerhead sea turtle habitats.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate 750 miles of shoreline along the southeast and Gulf coasts as critical habitat for the endangered species.

The federal agency estimates that it will cost about $150,000 a year to administer the Endangered Species Act along the designated beaches.

The Carteret County board of commissioners and the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce have issued resolutions against the proposal.

Rudi Rudolph, shore protection manager for Carteret County, says the proposal could restrict people's access to the beach.

"I think it would probably be devastating to our family, who lives in this area, who come to the beach a lot. I know that they come here quite a bit for vacation," said Angie Helms, a beachgoing vacationer from Gastonia.

But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service insists no one's beach access will be restricted.

"Recreational uses as continue as they are currently pursued," said Lilibeth Serrano, spokesperson for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


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