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 and please follow recommendations and instructions provided by Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR), law enforcement or other NOAA-sanctioned personnel on scene.
  • 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 check your net frequently.  Please follow all fishing and net use rules. Release accidentally caught turtles by cutting your line as close to the turtle as possible – “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 turtle while fishing, take a short break or change locations. This way you won’t risk loss of your bait or tackle and the turtle won’t get hooked.  Fishing with a barbless circle hook also minimizes hooking injuries.  Please follow all fishing and net use rules.  If you do experience an actual or possible fishing interaction with a turtle please call our hotline at (888) 256-9840. You do not need to give your name. Guidelines have been developed to minimize the impacts of fishery interactions with turtles. Review the guide for more information on how to avoid turtle interactions.