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  • Turn off or shield all beachfront lighting after 9 pm. Click here for approved wildlife lighting solutions. Why this is important.
  • Use window coverings to block indoor lights that face the beach.
  • Do not use flashlights on the beach.
  • Do not leave toys, chairs or other items on the beach that can entrap or impede nesting turtles or hatchlings.
  • Fill in all holes and ruts in the sand.
  • Report potential nesting hazards (lighting, obstructions, etc.).
  • If you see a nesting turtle, stay at least 25 yards behind her at all times.
  • If hatchlings are present, do not touch them or interfere with their progress to the ocean. Immediately report any problems to BSTP at (904) 613-6081.
With more turtles close to shore there may also be more stranded turtles washing up on the beach. If you find a stranded sea turtle:
  • Stray hatchlings should be placed in a small bucket or container with 1-2" of moist sand, and covered lightly with a cloth or towel. Call us right away for retrieval. DO NOT try to put it back in the ocean.
  • Report adult turtles immediately to BSTP at (904) 613-6081 or to Florida Fish & Wildlife (FWC) at 1-888-404-3922.
  • Do not touch the turtle unless instructed to by a certified BSTP volunteer or FWC employee.
  • Become familiar with FL Statutes regarding appropriate behavior around hatchlings, nests and nesting turtles. Any contact is prohibited by law unless under the direction of certified personnel.

BSTP News and Updates

  • The annual newsletter has been published! Please note, there was a typo on the date of the opening reception at First Street Gallery's sea turtle show. The date should be May 27.
  • Season kick off meeting: Saturday, 4/2, 10:30 a.m. at Beaches Library.
  • Beach Clean Up March 19, 8-11 a.m. Please join us for the St. Johns River Celebration clean up. Sites at Atlantic Blvd., Beach Blvd., and 16th Ave. South
  • Volunteer openings for 2016 have been filled from the waiting list. Thank you for your interest!
  • 2015 Nesting Count Totals
    Nests: 63
    Hatched: 53
    Unproductive: 7
    Status unknown: 3
  • 2015 News Archive


Our Mission

To promote the conservation of endangered and threatened marine turtles in Northeast Florida. [See the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and other protections].

Green Sea Turtle Of the five species of turtles that nest in Florida, there are three species that nest locally: Loggerheads, Greens and Leatherbacks. Loggerheads (Caretta caretta) are the most common, followed by Greens (Chelonia mydas) and, on rare occasions, Leatherbacks (Dermochelys coriacea). We operate under the auspices of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Marine Turtle Program.


Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol, Inc.
P.O. Box 50723
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240-0723
Emergency Phone: (904) 613-6081
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