Sea Turtle Count in Florida Improving

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- This was a good year for sea turtles in Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports a record high annual nest count for green turtles in 2011 and a near record for leatherback turtle nests. Both species are on the federal endangered list.

However, loggerheads did not increase in numbers this year, with the nest count close to average for the previous five years. Loggerheads are the species that nests most commonly in Florida.

Officials attributed the gains partially to major conservation efforts over the past few decades.

Nest counts are performed each year to measure seasonal sea turtle nesting and to allow for accurate comparisons of beaches and years. The counts take place on 255 miles of selected beaches along both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

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  • by Kayla Location: FAMU on Oct 11, 2011 at 09:20 AM
    This is sure to make conservatives angry. Great news that there is recent good news for sea turtle counts.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Oct 11, 2011 at 08:45 AM
    WOW....who knew that spending Millions on a Tunnel under 27N would work???????
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      by Larry on Oct 11, 2011 at 09:18 AM in reply to DTH
      Dear DTH, the tunnel under 27N is between fresh water bodies of water including Lake Jackson. The article is regarding sea turtles. I realize that any good news for wildlife is bad news for you, your fellow talk-radio sheep, tea partiers, and right-wing Republicans.
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