World Turtle News, 07/16/2017
Efforts Of Dedicated Beach Patrol Staff Responsible For Continued Survival Of The Caretta caretta
Georgia’s sea turtle beach patrols have stepped up their game in recent years with their goal of preserving the hundreds of Caretta caretta nests that are dug each year by gravid females. This success is proven by the 3,289 nests that were protected last year. This was a record-breaking number and Natural Resources Biologist Mark Dodd says that this is a far cry from the results of previous years. He believes this is due to the fact that beach patrols are expanding as well as the continued utilization of turtle excluder devices. The goal is to tally 2,800 nests per year, and although this year won’t quite reach the hoped for quota, Dodd reports that this successful trend will likely continue and the numbers will hopefully increase each year. The turtle patrol is a dedicated and passionate team, composed of volunteers, interns, and staff members who search the beaches daily from May to October, on the lookout for nests and recent hatchlings. Their hard work has resulted in the discovery of approximately 1,850 nests. If it wasn’t for their commitment to conservation, the future of the Caretta caretta on Georgia’s shores would be on it’s way to virtually nonexistent.
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