As per a legal settlement filed this week in US district court, the US Fish and Wildlife Service have two months to look for that in-water nesting and migratory habitat that will be suitable for the endangered species of loggerhead sea turtles. The settlement also mentions that the final protections of the critical habitat must be in place by July 1, 2014.
The agreement was held between the wildlife service and the groups Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and Oceana. They have given time till July 1 of this year to suggest feeding, breeding and migratory habitat in the waters of Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
This agreement came in wake after the Fish and Wildlife Services in March proposed that the habitat of 739 miles of critical loggerhead sea turtles need to be protected on their own nesting beaches starting from North Carolina to Mississippi. And US officials, as per conservationists, approved to look for some suitable nesting and migratory habitat within two months.
Jaclyn Lopez, a Florida-based attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, was quoted as saying, "Protecting sea turtle nesting habitat will not only help sea turtles but everyone who enjoys clean and healthy beaches along the Gulf Coast".