JUPITER, Fla.—For all of the Cardinals spring training fans, this is a reminder that sea turtle nesting season has begun at nearby Juno Beach.
Juno Beach is a part of the country’s most densely populated sea turtle nesting beaches, and this year some organizations are boosting their efforts to protect them. The Loggerhead Marinelife Center and the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research (ACCSTR) at the University of Florida have put a Voluntary Speed Reduction Zone initiative to help reduce sea turtle boat-strike injuries.
Tommy Cutt, LMC’s Chief conservation officer, said that this speed reduction will increase awareness of sea turtle conservation and could significantly decrease motorboat and sea turtle interactions, reported Andrew Ruiz.
This 3-year project will cover offshore waterways from Jupiter Inlet to the Lake Worth Inlet during sea turtle nesting season, March 1 to Oct. 31.
Female sea turtles spend additional time near the surface of the ocean during nesting season, which puts them in danger from passing boat propellers or hulls.
For those staying on dry land, remember to keep your hands off hatchlings during nesting season and to turn out lights to prevent females or hatchlings from getting confused and going towards lights on land.