Don't Release Kemp's Ridley Hatchlings from Texas into Oiled Gulf Waters
Despite the massive BP oil spill, government officials continue to release Kemp’s ridley hatchlings from Texas nests into the soiled waters of the Gulf of Mexico without adequate consideration as to whether these baby turtles will get caught in the same currents that are now full of oil.
Kemp’s nests from throughout Texas are now safely incubating at Padre Island National Seashore and will be hatching soon! Current permits require that these babies be released at Padre Island as soon as they hatch, which under normal circumstances makes perfect sense. Unfortunately, the BP oil spill has created extraordinary circumstances that call for extraordinary action and a major change of plans.
Federal facilities are available that can serve as a foster home for these hatchlings while an expert working panel develops a plan.
Please send the email below to your U. S. Senators and government agencies to demand that Texas hatchlings be held at federally approved facilities until an emergency plan determines the safest place and time for release! [You may be asked for your zip code so your Senators can be identified. If you live outside the U. S., then enter our organization's zip code 94933 to submit your action.]
Even better, write a hand-written letter and send it snail-mail or fax to your federal Senator.
Send a copy to these wildlife and marine protection agencies:
Rowan Gould, Acting Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20240-0001
Director Jon Jarvis
National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240
Dr. Jane Lubchenco Administrator,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
HCHB, Room 5810
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20233