Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta Caretta)
The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is an endangered species, and the coast of South Carolina is extremely important to its survival. The Loggerhead is the most common nesting turtle on the beaches of South Carolina, and it is also the state reptile.
Loggerhead Apparel’s two part mission is to not only impact the local economy of our state and country, but also to help serve the efforts of protecting Loggerhead Sea Turtles along our beaches. Initially, we have identified several organizations who support these causes and work to protect our beloved Loggerhead. Please visit their websites below to find out more on conservation.
Sea Turtle Restoration Project
For the past 20 years, the Sea Turtle Restoration Project (STRP) has worked persistently and successfully to save sea turtles. STRP, with offices in California, Texas and Costa Rica, is the largest project of Turtle Island Restoration Network, a 501c3 organization.
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Sea Turtle Conservancy is an international nonprofit and the world’s oldest marine turtle research and conservation organization. Founded in 1959 to support the pioneering work of world-renowned naturalist and author, Dr. Archie Carr, Sea Turtle Conservancy is dedicated to ensuring the survival of sea turtles through research, education, advocacy and the protection of natural habitats upon which they depend.
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
Supported by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge is home to nearly 50% of the Loggerhead turtle nests laid each year in SC and the most significant nesting population north of Cape Canaveral, FL.
A group of naturalists that commits significant time, resources and awareness-building to conservation and environmental education along the Charleston coast.
Dewees Island Property Owners Association
Dewees Island has been protecting Loggerhead sea turtles since 1999 and takes part in a three-state research program to obtain DNA samples from each nesting female. Dewees Island also raises money to support interns working on the turtle project for the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.
SCDNR Marine Turtle Conservation Program
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Marine Turtle Conservation Program is responsible for managing and protecting sea turtle populations in South Carolina. At the end of the 2011 sea turtle nesting season, DNR reported that approximately 4,011 sea turtle nests were laid this season in the areas where they monitored. Of those, 4,006 were loggerhead sea turtle nests, which are the most prominent turtles to nest on S.C. beaches.
SEWEE (South Eastern Wildlife Environment Education) Association
The SEWEE Association is the Friends Group for the National Wildlife Refuges and Forest of Coastal South Carolina and works to achieve their missions in biological, cultural and educational activities. Their support directly impacts an area of SC where nearly 50% of the state’s Loggerhead nests are laid each year.
South Carolina Aquarium
Through a full-time staff of 85 and over 400 volunteers, the Sea Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium houses sick and injured sea turtles rescued along the coast of South Carolina, nurses them back to health and then releases them back into the wild. Track their patients and progress here.
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