CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding
a public hearing on designating 750 miles of beaches from North Carolina to Mississippi as critical habitat for endangered
loggerhead sea turtles.
Tuesday in Charleston is followed by two North Carolina -- one in Wilmington on
Wednesday and in Morehead City on Thursday.
The Fish and
Wildlife Service has estimated it will cost about $150,000 a year to administer
the Endangered Species Act along the beaches. The figures reflect the costs of
reviews of projects such as beach renourishment that might affect the
Marine Fisheries Service has proposed waters near the designated beaches,
additional waters off North Carolina and
migratory corridors between those two states also designated as