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Defenders of these beautiful creatures

Located in Florida’s Palm Beach County, Singer Island is recognized as one of the most important nesting beaches in the U.S. for loggerheads, as well as an important nesting habitat for green sea turtles and leatherbacks who return there year after year to lay their eggs. Plans to construct a breakwater to help slow erosion of Singer Island beaches would harm all sea turtles using the beaches and nearshore habitats.

Longline fishing in Mexico involves the setting of thousands of baited hooks on miles of fishing line that is dragged through the ocean. Unfortunately, many threatened and endangered sea turtles also get caught and killed in these lines.

The capture, injury, and death of sea turtles in commercial fishing gear, either on hooks or in nets, is one of the leading threats to sea turtle species. The main culprit in U.S. waters is the Southeast shrimp trawl fishery that operates in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of the Southeast United States.

Success stories

Court Finds the National Marine Fisheries Service Must Take Action to Protect Sea Turtles After Gulf Oil Spill

Conservation groups scored a victory in court in July 2011 with their effort to protect imperiled sea turtles from death and injury from the Gulf of Mexico bottom longline fishery.

New Rules Will Protect Cape Hatteras Wildlife

In 2010, in response to a coalition lawsuit filed in 2007 by Audubon North Carolina, Defenders of Wildlife and the Southern Environmental Law Centerm the National Park Service implemented long overdue safeguards for pedestrians and beach-nesting wildlife on park beaches overrun by off-road vehicles.

Defenders Staff and Volunteers Help Clean Up Beaches in the Wake of the  2010 Gulf Oil Disaster

With the potential threat of oil coming ashore after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Defenders Florida staff and volunteers helped collect fishing line, plastics and other marine debris to protect sea turtles, manatees, birds and other wildlife from ingestion and entanglement.