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How You Can Help Protect Sea Turtles

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's North Florida Field Office recommendations on how you can help protect threatened and endangered sea turtles.
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-Minimize beachfront lighting during the sea turtle nesting season by    turning off, shielding, or redirecting lights.

-Do not construct campfires on the beach. Sea turtle hatchlings are known    to be attracted to the light emitted by campfires and crawl into fires and    die.

-Properly dispose of your garbage. Turtles may mistake plastic bags,    styrofoam, and trash floating in the water as food and die when this trash    blocks their intestines.

-Use your natural vision when walking on the beach at night. The use of    flashlights and flash photography can deter turtles from coming ashore to    nest or cause them to abort nesting attempts.

-Close blinds and draperies in oceanfront rooms at night during the nesting    season to keep indoor lighting from reaching the beach.

-Remove recreational equipment, such as lounge chairs, cabanas, umbrellas,    and boats, from the beach at night. Their presence can deter nesting    attempts and interfere with the seaward journey of hatchlings.

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Sea Turtle | Species | WWF

Sea Turtle | Species | WWF | sea turtle | Scoop.it
Sea turtles are a fundamental link in marine ecosystems. Learn how WWF works to stop bycatch, illegal trade, and habitat loss that threaten marine turtles’ survival.
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-Sea turtles journey between land and sea and swim thousands of ocean miles during their long lifetimes, exposing them to countless threats.

-Beyond these significant natural challenges, sea turtles face multiple threats caused by humans.

-Unusually warm temperatures caused by climate change are disrupting the normal ratios, resulting in fewer male hatchlings.

-Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of sea turtles are accidentally caught in shrimp trawl nets, on longline hooks and in fishing gillnets every year.

-Sea turtles need to reach the surface to breathe and therefore many drown once caught.

-Sea turtles are dependent on beaches for nesting. Uncontrolled coastal development, vehicle traffic on beaches and other human activities have directly destroyed or disturbed sea turtle nesting beaches around the world

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Sea Turtle Conservation Efforts

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Sea Turtle conservation efforts

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-To truly protect sea turtles around the world, many different countries and cultures must cooperate and share responsibility.

-Long-term protection of sea turtles also means developing solutions that reduce reliance on management methods requiring direct human involvement -- such as moving nests or raising hatchlings in captivity.

- Feeding and nesting grounds must be protected, and a public wildlife conservation ethic must be fostered that can withstand gaps in government regulations, pressure from private interests, and changes in the political climate.

-It illegal to harm, harass or kill any sea turtles, hatchlings or their eggs.

-Increase public awareness and community participation in sea turtle conservation through educational programs such as this.

-Protect nesting beaches by establishing parks and refuges or through regulations combined with public education initiatives.

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