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Mississippi River Gulf Outlet - New Orleans District

Project Information

Fiscal Year: 1995 Project Dates: 3/18/95 - 5/10/95
Contract Number: DACW29-95-M-0730
Project Description: Pursuant to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Contract DACW29-95-M-0730 and MIPR W42-HEM-95-OD-015 a sea turtle monitoring program was conducted during maintenance dredging of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MR-GO). Maintenance dredging was conducted by the government dredge the MCFARLAND in the MR-GO between Mile -3.0 and Mile -9.0 non-continuously between 3/18/95 and 5/10/95. Dredging was stopped on 5/10/95 due to mechanical problems prior to completion of work. Flollowing the repair of the MCFARLAND, the dredge was reassigned to the Mississippi River to replace the dredge WHEELER. Sea turtle monitoring was conducted under two separate contracts during this time period. During 3/18/95 - 3/28/95 and 4/1/95-4/12/95 turtle monitoring was conducted under MIPR W42-HEM-95-OD-014. Sea turtle observers were contracted through the U.S. Army Waterways Experiment Station and worked under the National Marine Fisheries Service Endangered Species Permit #777. From the time periods of 4/15/95-4/25/95 and 4/29/95-5/10/95 sea turtle monitoring was conducted under US Army Corps of Engineers Contract DACW29-95-M-0730 by a private sea turtle observer company. Both the contract specification and the MIPR required that sea turtle observers, approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service, be aboard the dredge to provide twenty-four hour monitoring of impacts to endangered and protected sea turtles. Endangered Species monitors for whales, bridge observers, were not required for either contract. In 1995, and previous years, the NMFS determined that listed whales are unlikely to be adversely affectd by the hopper dredgeing in the Gulf of Mexico. Therefore, bridge monitoring was not required in either contract.
Maintenace / New Work: Maintenance Federal / Regulatory: Federal
Total Project Cubic Yards: 1500000 Total Days of Dredging: 48 Total Hours of Dredging: 0
Type of Material: Sand, silt, clay, mud Disposal Method(s) for Material: ODMDS
Total Turtle Takes: 0  
Observer Company Used: WES

Predredge Trawling

Predredge Trawling Company: N/A  
Predredge Trawling? No
Are Predredge Reports Available? No
Loggerheads: 0 Greens: 0
Kemp's Ridley: 0 Other: 0

Relocation Trawling

Relocation Trawling? No
Relocation Company: N/A
Loggerheads: Greens:
Kemp's Ridley: Leatherbacks:
Total number turtles relocated: 0 Are Relocation Reports Available? No
Are Dredging Records Available? No Are original turtle take data still available? No
Description of mitigation measures/dates used: Deflectors, windows (11/30-3/31)
Other Remarks: During the project surface temperature ranged from 16.7°-27.2° C.


Dredges for Project:

Turtle Takes during Project:

  • There were no turtle takes by a dredge

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Webdate: January 14, 2005
Updated: February 25, 2013
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