The biggest ecological challenge to sea turtles is the rising sea level and the loss of nesting beaches.
What you can do:
-Don’t leave any debris on beaches, take it home with you, it can and does blow out of beach garbage cans and into the ocean.
-Don’t throw away food into beach garbage. It attracts natural hatchling predators like raccoons.
-Use re-useable bags at the grocery store.
Plastic grocery bags and other plastics floating in the ocean are mistaken for jellyfish, a main staple for sea turtles. Eaten by sea turtles they suffer severe impactions leading to disability and death.
- Use Circle hooks as opposed to J hooks when fishing, less likely to injure turtles.
-Never leave fishing line behind.
-Fill in large dug in holes after playing at the beach. These can become traps for nesting females and hatchlings.
-Remove beach furniture and recreational toys from nesting beaches. They become obstructions for travel and nest locations.
-Replace sand fences with dune plants. Post signs in protected dune areas instead. Respect them.
-Share beach accesses with neighbors. When constructing wooden accesses construct with monopoles as opposed to crossovers so as not to entrap nesting females that cannot back up once trapped.
-Reduce the use of beach armoring and revetments. Sand bags, concrete and rock walls prevent sea turtles access to dry sand for nesting.
-Restrict beach driving to low-pressure tires and only during the day. Do not leave large ruts in the soft sand beaches. These ruts trap hatchlings that follow a horizon line (the length of the rut) as opposed to climbing out.
- Beach rake only during the day and only on the surface and with low-pressure tires.
-Beach fill only during the day and in off-breeding season. Sea turtles prefer short beaches with loose as opposed to compact sand (easier to dig nests into).
-Minimize outdoor lighting and have on motion sensors. Direct lighting downward toward needed sight locations and in reddish tones that are not visible to sea turtles.
-Do not have bonfires during sea turtle nesting seasons.
- Support bills that regulate fisheries trawling and longline methods. Particularly the compliance with the use of Turtle Excluder Devices Z(TED’s) on trawling nets.
-Don’t eat or buy products made from sea turtles.
-Reduce your use of fertilizers that pollute coastal waters. Know where your water drains to and how it is filtered.
-When boating slow down and steer around turtles. Avoid seagrass beds.
Why save the turtles? What’s their value?
People pay to go to places where they know they can watch them in the wild.
Sea grass Nutrient and Dune Preservation
Un-hatched and hatched baby sea turtle eggs provide nitrogen and phosphorus that fertilizes sea grasses. These help preserve the dunes as rooting material keeping the sands from blowing away and add beauty to the location. Protecting and beautifying the environs we choose to live near and visit.
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