Turtle watch on Bay beach

628x471BAY ST. LOUIS — Fencing has been placed along the waterfront on a small portion of the sand beach at Washington Street to temporarily discourage turtles from coming ashore and laying eggs.

Federal Wildlife and Fisheries officials don’t want the turtles to go near the culvert construction to improve drainage in the area.

To make sure no turtle nesting is taking place, the county sends someone out early every morning to check the area. Engineers say the work will be completed in 45 days and the turtle excluder fencing will come down.

Turtles are no strangers to the area. A fisherman hooked one identified as a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle this week. It was cared for by the Bay St. Louis Fire Department until it was delivered to the care of The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, which will release it back into the wild.


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