Florida Businesses Awarded for Being 'Sea Turtle Friendly' Caribbean Conservation Corp., the world's oldest sea turtle research and protection group, partners with local Florida groups to select businesses worthy of the award.
The Caribbean Conservation Corporation, through its Florida-based Sea Turtle Survival League program, worked with turtle groups around Florida to find beachfront hotels, condominiums, restaurants and other businesses that are taking proactive steps to protect endangered sea turtles. With nesting season now underway in Florida, awards are being presented to the most 'turtle friendly' establishments in important sea turtle nesting areas.
(PRWEB) June 29, 2002
The Caribbean Conservation Corporation, through its Florida-based Sea Turtle
Survival League (STSL) program, worked with turtle groups around Florida to
Find beachfront hotels, condominiums, restaurants and other businesses that
Are taking proactive steps to protect endangered sea turtles. With nesting
Season now underway in Florida, awards are being presented to the most 'turtle
Friendly' establishments in important sea turtle nesting areas.
"These awards provide a great opportunity to recognize coastal businesses for
Going the extra mile to protect Florida's sea turtles and their nesting beaches,"
Said Dan Evans, STSL Education Coordinator. "Hopefully, the awards will
Motivate other beachfront establishments to review and improve their own
Efforts to safeguard Florida's sea turtle and coastal habitats."
Over 90 percent of all the sea turtle nesting in the United States takes place
On Florida beaches. What we do in this state to protect sea turtles affects the
Global population. With so many people living, working and recreating along
Florida's coastline, groups like STSL are doing their best to raise awareness
About simple ways people can help protect these ancient visitors to our
This is the first year the Sea Turtle Friendly Awards are being presented.
Award categories include coastal hotels, rental condos, retail stores,
Restaurants and local government agencies. Nominations were evaluated
Based on criteria including efforts to reduce artificial beach lighting during
The sea turtle nesting season, protection and general health of the nesting
Beach, recycling practices, and involvement in sea turtle education programs.
The Sea Turtle Friendly Awards are part of STSL's Sea Turtle Habitat
Awareness Campaign. The campaign provided coastal businesses with free
Educational materials about Florida's sea turtles, their habitats and protection
Issues. Working with local groups, such as Turtle Time, Inc. in Lee County and
Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota County, the campaign is increasing
Awareness about coastal management issues that affect the survival of sea
Turtles. For example, artificial lights disorient nesting turtles and their
Hatchlings. Sea walls and other tactics used to protect homes and businesses
From erosion also pose long-term threats to sea turtle survival. The Awareness
Campaign this year focused on seven important turtle nesting counties: Collier,
Lee and Sarasota on the Gulf coast and Brevard, Indian River, Martin and
Volusia on the Atlantic coast. Other counties will be the focus of future
Funding for the 2002 Sea Turtle Friendly Awards program was provided through
A grant from the Sea Turtle License Plate Grants program. The grants program,
Which is administered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, receives its funding directly from sales of the Florida Sea Turtle
Specialty License Plate. The Sea Turtle Survival League, a program of the
Non-profit Caribbean Conservation Corporation, works throughout the U. S. to
Protect sea turtles through outreach, advocacy and education. For a list of the
Businesses receiving "Turtle Friendly" Awards, contact the Sea Turtle Survival
League at 1-800-678-7853 or visit www. cccturtle. org/florida/friendly. htm (http://www. cccturtle. org/florida/friendly. htm).