Turtle habitat designation for Bogue Banks draws concern

Published: Friday, August 9, 2013 at 18:43 PM.

Kramer said the town paid: $41,668 to engineers for environmental assessments; $3,350 per day to a trawler that spread a net in front of the dredge to buffer sea turtles from potential injury; and $12,000 to a third-party biologist to be aboard the trawler to observe dredging and watch for turtles.

No turtles were injured.

“Existing regulations were costly. Existing regulations worked,” he said.

Community members said they want to, and already do a good job of protecting the sea turtles.

The concern is that critical habitat designation will add burdensome regulation that is not needed.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate 740 miles of shoreline along North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi as critical habitat for nesting for the Northwest Atlantic population of loggerhead sea turtles.

The designation would stretch 96 miles in North Carolina and include Bogue Banks and Topsail Island.



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