On June 16, World Turtle Day, thousands of letters bound in dozens of four- inch thick binders were hand delivered to President Barack Obama and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker demanding legislation to protect endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.
And they were all written by children.
Among the many handwritten pleas and crayoned turtles were hundreds written by the young residents of Navarre.
Cathy Holmes, director of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center said she was blown away by the number of children participating in the event.
“I sent out an email to all the principals,” she said. “We ended up having private schools and homeschools doing it too. At Fun Fest we had the letter writing thing out there and just at Fun Fest we had probably another 500 letters to go with the school letters.”
The campaign, organized by international marine conservation group Oceana, aimed to press for legislation to require turtle excluder devices (TEDs) on all shrimp trawling nets in southeastern waters.
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