30 Oct '15, 5am

Keeping Sea Turtles in the Dark: boosting efforts to cut light pollution along FL beaches

Keeping Sea Turtles in the Dark: boosting efforts to cut light pollution along FL beaches

​Keeping Sea Turtles in the Dark Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund boosts efforts to cut light pollution along Florida’s nesting beaches Selling darkness in the Sunshine State can be tough. Florida’s beach communities sparkle at night with homes and condominiums decked out with beautiful lighting systems. Beachside resorts and businesses depend on artificial lighting to ensure safety and entertainment for guests and customers at night. Wherever people live, work and play, nighttime lights follow. For decades, steadily increasing illumination along Florida’s coasts has wreaked havoc on sea turtles, which rely on subtle, nighttime lighting cues to deposit eggs on beaches and make it safely to sea as hatchlings. By the early 1990s, Floridians committed to turtle conservation understood how tenuous the situation had become. Suzi Fox, director of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watc...

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