Second meeting set in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Services sea turtle habitat proposal

The critical habitat designation is a reaction to lawsuits from special interest environmental groups and more research is needed before any such action is taken. The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate 739 miles of oceanfront beaches along the coast of six states as critical habitat for nesting loggerheads. It includes 96 miles in North Carolina, including all of Bogue Banks, Onslow Beach and Topsail Island. [email protected] 15:52