From Oceana: 2009 Nesting Data for SE States Shows Dire Status of Loggerhead Sea Turtles
Note that some of the data comes from Topsail and some from Baldhead (beaches immediately to our north and south).
Lots of issues here besides the obvious non-use benefits from the existence of charismatic megafauna...
When we think of turtle population trouble, we might first think of marine issues such as turtles being incidentally caught or trapped in fishing gear ("by-catch") or the destruction of habitat. But land use activities are also critical to turtle populations. Here's the rub. Beach renourishment generates or maintains untold millions in tourist revenues and protects valuable coastal investment. We all benefit from such investments via economic impacts, the beneficial effect of wider beaches on insurance rates and our share of the land rents from wide coastlines. Yet this same renourishment threatens an important species. What information do we need in order to inform policy aimed at protecting beaches AND protecting turtles?