In what could be termed as the biggest conservation success for Florida, the state is witnessing a dramatic increase in the numbers of green sea turtle nests this year, signaling a possible turn-around for this endangered species.
It was earlier estimated that there were just 30-40 green sea turtle nests along Florida’s coastline. With the nesting season still slated to begin in next month, initial numbers show that the amount of green sea turtle nests has more than doubled across the entire state.
The biologists carried a survey along the 20-mile long area in the national refuge south of Melbourne Beach and found more than 13,000 green sea turtle nests. Notably, the figures double 2011′s previous high.
It is worth mentioning, the sea turtles are facing three most important threats. They are:
- Commercial fishing
- Loss of habitat
- Boat collision
Several measures which have been put into place have been responsible for the rebound of sea turtle nesting in Florida.
Coastal communities have adopted seasonal lighting ordinances, reducing the numbers of street and building lights near green sea turtle nesting areas. The lights have been known to confuse nesting turtles. Major nesting sites like the Carr refuge have seen an increased number of green sea turtle nests because of restrictions on new developments.