The National Park Service is moving to sharply curtail its internationally recognized Turtle Science and Recovery Program based at Padre Island National Seashore. The program is key to the survival of the critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, the rarest sea turtle species, and rescues threatened loggerhead and green turtles.
Its hatchery and incubation efforts are world-renowned and serve as a vital resource in rescuing stranded sea turtles on the Texas Gulf Coast.
The park superintendent is ordering a 30% cut in program funding and other steps that will hurt sea turtles, including:
Among other cutbacks are a major reduction in the number of highly popular public releases of sea turtle hatchlings to the sea.
Please sign this petition and tell the Secretary of Interior to save the Sea Turtle Science and Recovery program at Padre Island.
PEER Press Release
PARK SERVICE SLASHES SEA TURTLE RESCUE PROGRAM
L.A. Times / July 16, 2020
Scientists fear for the world’s most endangered sea turtle as the Park Service cuts back / L.A. Times
Petition to the Secretary of the Interior
The National Park Service is dismantling the famed Sea Turtle Science and Recovery program at Padre Island National Seashore.
Already, NPS has –
This program is supported by its many conservation partners in Texas.
Please intervene to keep this valuable program intact.
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