is dedicated to the protection of sea turtles through outreach,
advocacy and education. The league has begun the Sea Turtle and Coastal
Awareness Campaign, which will help promote a greater understanding of the
relationship between inappropriate development in five of Florida's coastal
counties and the loss and degradation of both the coastal dune ecosystem and sea
turtle nesting habitat.
Florida's natural coastal regions are being put under increasing
pressure as the population in coastal cities and towns continues to grow in size
and requires additional resources. Coastal areas contain some of the most
fragile ecosystems in Florida and provide habitat to many threatened and
endangered animal species.
The campaign increases awareness about the threat to coastal
habitats with a focus on five counties: Lee, Sarasota, and Manatee on the
Gulf Coast, and Brevard and Volusia on the Atlantic. The campaign is being
funded through a grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission Advisory Council on Environmental Education. The campaign includes
information on coastal habitats, threats to coastal areas by unwise development,
the importance of protecting Florida's coasts and helpful ways people can reduce
Sea Turtle Conservatory is working in cooperation with the Sea
Turtle Preservation Society in Brevard County, Turtle Time, Inc.
County, Anna Maria Island Turtle Patrol in Manatee County, Mote Marine
Laboratory and the Coastal Wildlife Club, Inc. in Sarasota, and the Volusia
Turtle Patrol in the Daytona and N.W. Smyrna Beach area.
The sea turtle season is from May through October each year, so
please remember a few simple things to help protect these magnificent
Call 239-533-8353 for copies of this educational material.
- It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles,
hatchlings, or their nests. They are protected by both state and federal laws.
- Avoid using flashlights or flash photography while on the beach at
- Turn off outside patio lights or shield indoor lights from shining
directly on the beach at night. Lights can disturb adults and hatchlings.
- While enjoying the beautiful beaches during the day, avoid
disturbing marked nests and please take your trash with you.
- When crossing a dune, please use designated crossovers and walk
- Do not climb over the dunes or disturb the dune