Published: Aug 17, 2010 11:50 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 17, 2010 6:56 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Federal and state fish and wildlife agencies have stopped moving turtle eggs from beaches in the eastern Florida Panhandle to the Atlantic Coast.

Officials announced late Monday that transfers from Gulf and Franklin counties no longer are necessary because the risk of eggs being damaged by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have diminished significantly since BP LLC has capped its leaking well off Louisiana.

Both counties are east of Panama City.

Turtle egg excavations, though, will continue on Panhandle beaches farther west.