How You Can Help the Sea Turtle
How you can help
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The following list contains things that you can do to help the
- Never approach turtles emerging from the sea or disturb or
harass nesting sea turtles.
- Watch nesting turtles by joining one of the many state-permitted
turtle walks conducted by experienced guides.
- Watch out for disoriented hatchlings or turtles wandering on
the road. If you're near or on the beach, keep outside light off
or minimized from May 1 - Oct. 31.
- Be careful while boating to
- avoid collisions with turtles and
- never throw trash in the water or on the beach.
- When you register your boat, you can purchase a sea turtle
sticker to support the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation
- Become informed about environmental issues and spread the word
to others by
- supporting conservation groups that are active in sea turtle
issues, such as the Ocean Conservancy, formerly known as the
Center for Marine Conservation, as well as The Nature Conservancy
and the Caribbean Conservation Corporation
- letting your elected officials know that sea turtle conservation
is important to you and
- purchasing sea turtle license plates at local tag offices
(proceeds go to the Marine Turtle Protection and Trust Fund
and support marine turtle research and protection in Florida).
For additional information on sea turtle resources, see
Sea Turtle Resources.
How you can help with light
Solving the problems created by artificial lighting on sea turtle
nesting beaches requires the understanding of citizens within coastal
communities. Reducing the effects of beach lighting requires little
inconvenience or compromise of human safety.
The most direct and complete way to resolve problems for sea turtles
caused by artificial beachfront lighting is to eliminate all artificial
sources that emit light visible from the nesting beach. Light visible
from the beach may include
- light emitted directly from sources
- light reflected by buildings and other objects
- light from interior sources shining through windows and
- light scattered by sea mist.
Unfortunately, eliminating all beachfront lighting is not always
practical. Human safety concerns and the magnitude of some lighting
problems require some compromise.
Additional contributions can be made to the
Marine Turtle Protection Trust Fund
Bureau of Protected Species Management
620 S. Meridian Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399.
A beautiful color sticker is available for each donation of $5
Here are some
asked questions about sea turtles.