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CAST Protection: Enhancement and Education

Implementing Organization

State of Alabama


DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category


Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Sea Turtles

Project Description

The project will support state enforcement of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and increase Coastal Alabama Sea Turtle (CAST) protection in Alabama state waters through a variety of activities. First, it will increase public awareness and understanding of ESA regulations through education initiatives supporting state enforcement efforts. Second, it will increase state enforcement resources dedicated to sea turtle ESA-related activities. Third, it will identify and initiate steps to reduce sea turtle bycatch in state fisheries, through social science surveys and by purchasing and distributing Turtle Excluded Devices (TEDs) to skimmer trawl boats. Fourth, it will take steps to reduce human impacts on nesting turtles, such as nest vandalism and lighting harassment, through increased beach enforcement and outreach.


Amy Hunter
(251) 621-1216
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