Cape Hatteras Protections Upheld

Green Sea Turtle, Photo: NOAAA federal court has upheld Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s beach driving rule, which has led to two consecutive years of great news for sea turtle and piping plover nest rates, along with record tourism numbers. Indeed, since it was put in place, the park has counted a record number of sea turtle nests (222 in 2012 and 254 in 2013) and both visitations to the National Seashore and proceeds from visitor lodging increased during the nesting season.

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Green Sea Turtle, Photo: NOAA
Success Story
April 2015 - In less than 40 years, this population of sea turtles has gone from nearly vanishing to laying thousands of successful nests on our beaches every year.
Success Stories
August, 2013 - Thanks to Defenders and our advocates fighting to keep vital protections in place, Cape Hatteras National Seashore saw a record-breaking year of nesting sea turtles.
Green Sea Turtle, Photo: NOAA
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore is one of our nation’s treasures. It’s a place where people can enjoy the beach and wildlife can safely live and raise their young. But it wasn’t always this way.