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BSTP is the only FWC-permitted turtle patrol in Atlantic, Neptune and Jax Beaches! Our name is clearly visible on our tee shirts and ATVs. If you observe anyone touching a turtle or a nest that is NOT identifiable as a BSTP volunteer, please notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency immediately. Similarly, there are no other groups who are authorized to accept donations, sell items, or advise you about sea turtle-friendly lights on behalf of BSTP.

Final Nest count

Loggerheads: 60 nests, 104 false crawls
Leatherbacks: 3 nests, 3 false crawls
Greens: 1 nests, 1 false crawl
55 nests produced 3,696 hatchlings (63.2% overal hatch success rate)

A false crawl occurs when a turtle comes ashore but does not deposit a nest.

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STORM & TIDE INFORMATION

Off-shore conditions may wash out nests and push hatchlings back to shore! Here's what to do if you find something in Atlantic, Neptune or Jax Beach...

:: Nest markers washing out: If you can do it SAFELY, please retrieve them and place them high on the dune as near to the original nest location as possible. If they are just loose, leave them alone. Only move them if they have washed out. If you can, please take a photo of the stake with the nest number and send it to us.
:: Eggs washing out: Let nature take its course. These eggs are most likely no longer viable.
:: Emerging hatchlings: Again, and as always, let nature take its course and do not interfere. If they are continually getting pushed ashore call us right away and we will advise a course of action.
:: Hatchlings that are washed back in after the storm: These may be found anywhere on the beach but most likely will be in the wrack line (line of seaweed washed up by the tide). Call BSTP immediately and we will come fetch them. DO NOT PUT THEM BACK IN THE OCEAN!

Thank you, and remember, BSTP works ONLY in Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach. Our number is (904) 613-6081. Reports from any other locations should be directed to FL Fish and Wildlife at (888) 404-3922. If you call us regarding an area that is not in our jurisdiction we will only be able to refer you to the FWC number, thereby adding to the response time for emergencies.

Help Us Help Them

  • 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

  • You can help save the turtles while you shop for Black Friday deals! Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3100324 and AmazonSmile will donate to Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol Inc, at no cost to you.
  • Thanks to our wonderful supporters, BSTP has achieved a Top-Rated Charity designation from Great Nonprofits!
  • Introducing #CleanFlatDark campaign in partnership with Beaches Energy Services. For a limited time, when you visit a participating coffee shop and ask for a Clean Dark Flat, you’ll receive a one-of-a-kind mug and provide much-needed funds to help protect sea turtles.
  • Annual 5th of July beach clean up 7-9am.
  • The annual supporters newsletter has been mailed. You can also read it here.
  • The 2020 volunteer application period is now open until Feb. 14.
  • Check out our 2020 Event Calendar: Manatee Festival, Jumpin Jax House of Food benefit, Beaches Earth Day, Dancin' in the Street, beach clean ups and more!
  • Decreased water temps may cause sea turtles to become "cold-stunned" and wash ashore. These turtles may appear to be deceased but are still alive and in need of immediate medical attention. Please report all strandings in Atlantic, Neptune and Jax Beaches to our emergency line at 904-613-6081. If we're unable to answer please leave a detailed message. Stranded turtles in other locations should be reported to FWC's emergency line at 1-888-404-3922 or #FWC from cell phone. For more information on cold-stunning please visit this link.


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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