Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sea Turtle Conservancy and Turtle Rum kick off campaign to protect sea turtles

Sea Turtle Conservancy and Turtle Rum kick off campaign to protect sea turtles, (STC) and Naked Turtle Rum kicked off their "Kill the Lights/Save the Turtles" campaign to celebrate their partnership at the Don Cesar Beach Resort, in St. Pete Beach, Florida this past Saturday, April 27.

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with The Naked Turtle to drive awareness for sea turtles and help protect their homes,” said David Godfrey, Executive Director of STC.

According to Godfrey, the campaign is bringing attention to the problem of beachfront lights.

Nesting sea turtles once had no trouble finding a dark place to nest, but beaches are now lined with condominiums, businesses and hotels.

Lights that shine onto a nesting beach can draw turtle hatchlings away from the ocean where they have little chance of survival. Beach lights can also discourage females from coming ashore to nest.

Godfrey notes that beachfront lighting can be managed to benefit humans and sea turtles. A good sea turtle friendly lighting fixture directs light down to the ground shielding the light source from being visible from the beach.

The Don Cesar has made progress in shielding and converting to turtle friendly LED lights in time for nesting season, which starts on May 1.

“People need to be made aware that there are easy, cost effective technologies available that can help manage beachfront lights”, said Godfrey.

Call the STC at (352) 373-6441 for any additional questions or visit their educational page to learn more about how lighting affects sea turtles.

The STC is a non-profit organization based in Gainesville, Florida.

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