Protecting Nesting Turtles from Dredging
Since the time of the dinosaurs, sea turtles have existed throughout the world’s oceans. Today, all seven species are listed as federally threatened or endangered. The causes for this decline include capture and drowning in commercial fishing nets, boat strikes, habitat loss, and many other human-caused dangers. While estimates vary, it is believed that as a result of these threats, only about one in four thousand sea turtles will survive to reproductive maturity.
OHM has repeatedly challenged (and won the case against) the US Army Corps of Engineers’ unlawful decision to eliminate seasonal limitations on hopper dredging projects. Year-round dredging poses unnecessary risks to nesting sea turtles and hatchlings. Learn more about dredging and our fight to protect our nesting turtles.