[Coral-List] [EXTERNAL] Endangered sea turtles killed in Florida

Jordan-Sellers, Terri SAJ Terri.Jordan-Sellers at usace.army.mil
Fri May 8 09:23:59 EDT 2015

Sarah et al - The US Army Corps of Engineers (the permitting/action agency for beach renourishment projects throughout the USA) has consulted with the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Endangered Species Act for lethal and injurious take of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic and North Atlantic with hopper dredges since the late 1980s.  The take you reference was reported to NMFS after each event and is closely monitored by NMFS (SE Region and NE Region) in partnership with the Corps.

The placement of sand on the beaches and impacts to sea turtles of that action is also conducted under ESA consultations with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and monitored by the USFWS and the state of Florida (and other states where beach projects occur).

Thank you for your interest and concern, it is always better to raise the flag and ask the questions than to leave a concern on the table.  If you have any questions regarding shore protection projects and sea turtle protection efforts for those projects in the US, please feel free to contact me.

Respectfully - 

Terri Jordan-Sellers
Biologist/Regional Technical Specialist
Coastal Section
Environmental Branch-Planning Division
Jacksonville District-US Army Corps of Engineers

Direct: 904-232-1817
Cell: 904-910-8705
Fax: 904-232-3442

Mailing Address: 
PO Box 4970
Jacksonville, FL 32232

Physical Address: 
701 San Marco Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207-8175 

-----Original Message-----
From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov [mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Sarah Frias-Torres
Sent: Friday, May 08, 2015 1:37 AM
To: coral list
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [Coral-List] Endangered sea turtles killed in Florida

I just want to bring to the attention of the Coral-List community at large, including the NOAA-Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Protected Resources Division in Miami, Florida, that a beach re-nourishment project on Palm Beach, Florida, is killing endangered sea turtles. 
There is no report so far on what happened to whatever Acropora palmata or A. cernivornis might be there. The newspiece only covers the sea turtles. Not covered in the newspiece also (but circulated through Facebook) are the sea turtle nests that have been dug out and disposed off by the bulldozers on the beach. I cannot share the Facebook postings through this forum.
I urge the appropriate institutions to take action immediately.
Here's the newscast.http://www.wpbf.com/news/sea-turtles-killed-by-beach-renourishment-project/32826512

Sarah Frias-Torres, Ph.D. Coordinator Reef Rescuers ProgramIsland Conservation Centre Nature Seychelles,Amitie, Praslin, Seychelleshttp://www.natureseychelles.org/what-we-do/coral-reef-restoration-and-Research CollaboratorSmithsonian-National Museum of Natural Historyat Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce, FL, USATwitter: @GrouperDocBlog: http://grouperluna.wordpress.comhttp://independent.academia.edu/SarahFriasTorres
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