Dredging on the Walton County/City of Destin beach renourishment project has been halted again after another Kemps Ridley sea turtle was accidentally killed during the dredging process.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the endangered species turtle was killed by the hopper dredge Liberty Island. This is the third turtle to be killed on this particular project.
Forty six sea turtles and one sturgeon have been captured and relocated by a trawler working with the dredge to locate the turtles and get them out of harm’s way during the project.
Scientists say warmer water temperatures this past winter have supported a higher number of turtles than would normally be encountered in recent months.
The Corps of Engineers says it has halted the Walton/Destin beach renourishment project until October 1.