Protect Sea Turtles from Coastal Development Subsidies
  • Petitioned Rowan Gould

This petition was delivered to:

Acting Director of FWS
Rowan Gould
Assistant Director of Endangered Species for FWS
Gary Frazer
Assistant Administrator for NMFS
Eric Schwaab
Executive Director MAFAC
Dr. Mark Holliday

Protect Sea Turtles from Coastal Development Subsidies

    1. Pamela Black
    2. Petition by

      Pamela Black

      Lapeer, MI

As a result of a lawsuit settlement, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program is preparing a biological assessment to be reviewed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service. The NFIP has provided insurance coverage for development projects in critical sea turtle habitat without regard to the impact on the sea turtles.

Florida is the prime location for 90 percent of sea turtle nesting grounds and home to five species of endangered or threatened sea turtles. The lawsuit argued that FEMA failed to abide by regulations in the Endangered Species Act requiring ecological impact statements in endangered species habitat areas.

A report on sea turtle conservation has been issued along with the settlement. This report, a collaborative work between National Wildlife Federation, Florida Wildlife Federation and Sea Turtle Conservancy, emphasized four key actions to address threats to sea turtle survival:

•    Continue funding and support for the FWS-funded Florida Beaches Habitat Conservation Plan
•    Place limits on National Flood Insurance Program subsidies that are used for new development and rebuilding in ecologically important and high hazard land along the coast
•    Support land acquisition programs that preserve minimally-developed coastal land and support coastal restoration projects financed by Deepwater Horizon funds
•    Commit to reducing the impact of climate change on wildlife and ecosystems

FWS and NMFS would be well advised to incorporate these actions into objectives for sea turtle conservation and into their evaluation of FEMA’s biological assessment plan.

Photo Credit: prilfish

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    2. Lawsuit Settlement a Win for Sea Turtles

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      With so much land bordering sea, Florida sits in a prime location to experience flooding due to hurricanes and other severe weather systems. Ocean-front construction is highly valued, leaving little room for natural, undeveloped scenery.
      Sea turtles...


    Reasons for signing

      • about 3 years ago


    • Lynda Goin LAS CRUCES, NM
      • over 3 years ago

      I am an ex-Floridian and have always loved the Gulf coast. The oil spill was devastating to me. We don't need any more destruction of wildlife.

    • Ruth Leibowitz KEANSBURG, NJ
      • over 3 years ago

      Please help protect these unique, & prescious creatures that have inhabited our planet for thousands of years. It would be shameful to destroy the habitat that they rely so much on for their survival. Our amazing creatures, & the habitat on our planet is what make our planet a beautiful place to live. Please let's always protect, & preserve the beauty of our prescious planet.


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