Monday, April 30, 2007

Turtle Season — Lights Check

Just a reminder...

Go to the FWC Turtle PageSea turtle nesting season starts tomorrow, Tuesday, May 1st and runs through the end of October. Turn out, shield or move any lights that can be seen from the beach.
Female turtles get disoriented by visible lights when trying to nest. The hatchlings, which emerge in late June, also get confused by the lights as they try to find the ocean.
Broward and Monroe Counties have their own ordinances. Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe County municipalities with their own sea turtle local ordinances or regulations include Deerfield Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Lauderdale By The Sea, Pompano Beach, Golden Beach, Miami Beach, Key West, Marathon and Islamorada. If you live in one of the listed areas, it might be worth checking on the laws specific to your location.
You can also check here, on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website, to get the ordinance information and then check to see if the county or municipal code is available online, or click the county or municipality links above for the relevant webpage, where available.
If you find a dead, sick, or injured sea turtle in the state of Florida, either stranded on a beach or floating in the water, you should never attempt to handle it. Instead, notify the Florida Marine Patrol at 1-800-DIAL-FMP or contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's turtle stranding staff by pager at 1-800-241-4653 then enter the identification number 274-4867, according to Special Agent John Barylsky of NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement.
For more information, check the FWC's Turtle page. The Broward County sea turtle hotline number is 954-328-0580.

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