A variety of maritime activities contribute to sea turtle deaths


Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Ask what water-based activity interacts the most with threatened and endangered sea turtles and many will reply without hesitation: commercial fishing.

But state records show that to be incorrect.

In the eight-week period beginning May 21, reports produced by the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission show a total of 101 incidental takes which are interactions with sea turtles. “Takes” mean any type of interaction and aren’t equated to mortality.

During that time frame, about five dozen are attributed to the beach nourishment projects in the northern municipalities…

Read Full Article; The Outer Banks Voice (08-22-2017)

Sand Project: More Turtles Than Expected; Coastal Review (08-01-2017)

Palm Beach Sea Turtles Killed During Beach Renourishment Project, Broward Palm Beach New Times (04-28-2015)

Study: Sand nourishment linked to fewer marine life, Palm Beach Daily News (04-2016)
A recent study examining the impact of beach nourishment projects on marine life should provoke further research by local scientists, according to a Palm Beach Atlantic University biologist…

Beach replenishment may have far reaching impacts on ecosystems;” Phys.Org (03-29-2016)
UC San Diego biologists who examined the biological impact of replenishing eroded beaches with offshore sand found that such beach replenishment efforts could have long-term negative impacts on coastal ecosystems…

Green group questions beach renourishment costs, environmental effects; Myrtle News (04-11-2016)

Piling sand to stop erosion ultimately made the land sink, study says, NOLA (12-26-2015)

Coastal geologist criticizes beach renourishment efforts; By Robert S. Young, PhD; The State (08-17-2016)
Rob Young, who heads the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University, said the government is subsidizing coastal development with renourishment money – and that’s costing taxpayers. Communities across the country have spent millions of dollars renourishing beaches. Those efforts encourage people to rebuild after every major hurricane…

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