Loggerhead Sea Turtle Terrestrial Critical Habitat for the Northwest Atlantic Ocean
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated about 685 miles of coastal beach habitat as important for the recovery of the threatened Northwest Atlantic Ocean population of loggerhead sea turtles, as directed by the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The terrestrial critical habitat areas include 88 nesting beaches in coastal counties located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. These beaches account for 48 percent of an estimated 1,531 miles of coastal beach shoreline and about 84 percent of the documented nesting (numbers of nests) within these six states. These areas contain one or a combination of the following: see Supporting Materials for details.
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service designated marine critical habitat for the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. For details visit http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/criticalhabitat_loggerhead.htm.