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BOTTOM 3 PHOTOS: Elizabeth Farrar

Protect our Sea Turtles

Hutchinson Island beaches are among the most important nesting grounds in North America for the loggerhead, leatherback and green sea turtles.  Sea turtle nesting season is March 1-October 31. Help protect the nesting turtles and their hatchlings by following all state and local regulations. 

In addition to keeping lights off the beach, residents can help by

-using only designated dune crosswalks. 

-filling in any holes in the sand and removing any sand or shell walls that are left after children finish playing. 

 

-keeping dogs away from turtle nests.

 

-not leaving chairs or umbrellas on the beach.

 

-properly disposing of trash.

 

-not using fireworks on or near the beach. 

 

-viewing nesting turtles only with state approved public turtle watches.  Click HERE for a list of approved sea turtle walks.

READ THE MARTIN COUNTY BARRIER ISLAND SEA TURTLE PROTECTION LAWS.

READ THE MARTIN COUNTY SEA TURTLE NESTING FLYER

READ THE MARTIN COUNTY SEA TURTLE LIGHTING FLYER.

READ THE MARTIN COUNTY SEA GRAPE INFORMATION.

READ THE FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE LIGHTING GUIDELINES.

READ THE FLORIDA LAWS ON SEA GRAPE TRIMMING. 

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