Sharing the Environment with Sea Turtles

Sharing the Environment with Sea Turtles

 

  • Stay at least 10 feet away – disturbance disrupts normal behavior and causes stress.
  • Stay behind any ropes or signs.
  • Do not touch or attempt to move.
  • Do not pour water on them.
  • Do not feed – directly or indirectly.
  • Check fishing gear often.  Use barbless hooks and abide by state net fishing rules. Release accidentally caught turtles – “It’s OK to help.”
  • Avoid driving on the beach.
  • Use wildlife friendly lighting on the beach and near the shore.
  • Prevent debris and rubbish from entering the water.
  • Stay alert for fresh or bloody wounds, hooks, line, abnormal appearance, human or pet interaction, injured or dead turtles, nesting activity or baby hatchlings.
  • Encourage others to view respectfully.

Get The Responsible Viewing Guidelines Brochure

Review NOAA’s Fisheries Interactions Guidelines:
If you encounter a seal while fishing, take a short break or change locations. This way you won’t lose your bait or tackle and the seal won’t get hooked.  Fishing with a barbless circle hook also minimize hooking injuries.  Guidelines have been developed to minimize the impacts of fishery interactions with monk seals. Review the guide for more information on how to avoid seal interactions.