IF YOU SPOT AN INJURED SEA TURTLE, CALL RESPONDERS.
- In Florida, FWC: 888-404-3922
- *FWC or #FWC on any cell phone
- LMC Stranding Hotline: 561-603-0211
- If you accidentally hook a sea turtle, call responders.
- Recycle used monofilament fishing line in PVC tubes.
- Fish using circle hooks.
BOATING, SNORKELING, & DIVING
- Place engines in neutral if sea turtles are nearby.
- Check your surrounding area before starting the motor. Wear polarized sunglasses to help spot animals beneath the surface.
- While boating, remain 45 meters away from marine life.
- While snorkeling or diving, remain 5 meters away from marine life.
- Do not anchor in sea grass beds or coral reefs.
- Abide by speed restrictions.
- Do not feed or touch any marine species.
- Time spent observing animals should be limited to 30 minutes.
- Do not block a sea turtle’s most direct path to the surface or out to sea.
- Do not encircle marine animals.
AT THE BEACH
- Knock down sand castles and fill in holes in the sand.
- Do not approach nesting sea turtles.
- If you spot healthy hatchlings, allow them to crawl to sea.
- If you see turtle tracks, avoid stepping in them.
- Use red light bulbs during nesting season.
- Close curtains to keep light pollution off the beach.
- Remove beach furniture overnight.
- Properly dispose of all trash and clean up any debris found on the beach.