By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 1, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- If you are traveling to the beach this Spring Break, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to stress the importance of keeping the beaches safe for sea turtle nesting season. The season begins in Florida on March 1st and lasts until the end of October.
One thing the FWC wants people to keep in mind is to refrain from using cell phones or flashlights on the beach at night. Bright artificial lights can misdirect or disturb nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings. If you live on the beach, it’s also important to keep your lights off or to close the curtains and shades, so no light can escape onto the beach.
The FWC also wants to remind everyone to fill in any holes in the sand caused by beach furniture and to pick up anything you bring to the beach before you leave. This may include trash, fishing line, beach toys, etc.
If you wish to report a sick, injured, entangled, or dead sea turtle, the FWC is asking you to call their Hotline at 888-404-FWCC. You can also purchase a “Helping Sea Turtles Survive” Florida License plate at Buyaplate.com, which contributes to sea turtle research, rescue and conservation efforts. You can also donate $5 and receive an FWC sea turtle decal.
For more information on sea turtle nesting, visit MyFWC.com/SeaTurtle, click on “Research,” then “Nesting.”