About Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol

  • BSTP is an all volunteer non-profit corporation working for the preservation of endangered sea turtles in Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville Beaches, Duval County, Florida, U.S.A.
  • Our goal is to keep the sea turtle population from experiencing a downward trend which could be irreversible. We are working to achieve our goal by:
    1. Reducing the disturbance and harassment of nesting sea turtles by educating the public about the hazards of night-time beach activities and beachfront lighting.
    2. Increasing the hatchling survival rate by educating the public about the dangers of lighting, human intervention, and pollution.
    3. Contributing data to the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network and Florida Fish and Wildlife.
  • Original patrol volunteers worked with Greenpeace in the 1980s before forming an independent entity.
  • BSTP has been granted non-profit status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and is recognized as a public charity under Section 509(a)(2).
  • We work under the auspices of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Marine Turtle Program. The FWC issues permits for activities involving marine turtles in Florida under authority granted to the state through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) under Section 6 of the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). All activities relating to marine turtles must be authorized under subsection 370.10, Florida Statutes.
  • All activities conducted by BSTP are supervised by the holder of the Marine Turtle Permit. Additional personnel are authorized to assist upon successful completion of training programs and other requirements as stipulated by FWC.
  • BSTP receives no local, state or federal funding and is virtually dependent upon private donations. All work is performed by unpaid volunteers.
    Expenses include, but are not limited to:
    1. All Terrain Vehicle (ATV): acquisition, gasoline and upkeep.
    2. Nest supplies: wood stakes, netting, staples, survey tape, anti-predation screens, light barriers.
    3. Administrative costs: mobile phone service, domain name/website, business cards, corporation filing fees.
    4. Office supplies: paper, printer ink, postage, laminating sheets.
    5. Educational materials: art/exhibit boards, brochures, children's activity packs.
    6. Volunteer support: training materials (books, DVDs, printed literature); work shirts.
In addition to our normal field work during nesting season, we participate in many community outreach and educational events thoughout the year. BSTP volunteers are available for school lectures (all levels) and information exhibits at civic and corporate events. Send us your event details and a volunteer will contact you.

BSTP has received many awards and certificates over the years. Some of these include:
  • 2020 Top-rated Nonprofit status from Great Nonprofits.
  • 2019 "Best of the Beaches" Folio Weekly: Best NonProfit (first place), Best Volunteer Effort (runner up)
  • 2019 Presenter at National Environmental Monitoring Conference
  • 2018 Beaches Watch Give Back Award
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Exemplary Actions to Promote the Conservation of Florida's Sea Turtles, from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Received annually since 2000.
  • Melody Starr Anne Bishop Community Service Award: 2016-2017. Awarded by The Jacksonville City Council.
  • 2007: Charter Bricklayer for GA Sea Turtle Center.
  • 2006: Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Efforts to Beautify Jacksonville, from "Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission" and the City of Jacksonville.
  • 2005: Charter Bricklayer for GTM-NERR Environmental Education Center.
  • 2000: Recognized as part of state Cabinet Resolution sponsored by Bill Nelson to honor the work of sea turtle permit holders. The Resolution also declares June through October as Sea Turtle Protection months.

Underwater sea turtle

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

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