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The mission of the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program (SSBTWP) is to record nesting sites, move nests that may be threatened by animals or water, record turtle hatches, and assist hatchlings as they attempt to reach the ocean. The turtle watch program is staffed by volunteers that walk the beach every morning, sit at nests when the hatchlings are ready to emerge, and conduct informational and educational programs. The informational programs - named "Turtle Time" - are free at 7 pm on Sunday evenings beginning in June and running during the nesting months at the Sunset Properties Parking lot - weather permitting. Educational programs are available on request.

Loggerhead sea turtles are some of the most common visitors to the North Carolina Beaches. Although their population is more stable than that of other sea turtles, the Loggerhead is still considered a "threatened" species. This status grants protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Click HERE to view the Sunset Beach Turtle Patrol Presentation (PPT Format).

Sea Turtle Tracks on Sunset Beach

Watch this great video of an actual sea turtle boil! CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO

Watch this video of sea turtles making their way home. CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO

Shrimpers Help Save our Sea Turtles

Shrimpers Help Save our Sea Turtles
By the 1980s, there was growing concern about the negative impact of shrimp trawling on endangered species of sea turtles. The number of sea turtles washing up on barrier island beaches of the southeast United States would dramatically increase when shrimp trawling was at its peak. Scientists concluded that sea turtles were being drowned in shrimp trawls. Soon, fishing gear experts were experimenting with ways to free sea turtles from shrimp trawls without losing the catch of valuable shrimp. The "Georgia Jumper, invented by veteran shrimper Sinkey Boone, of Darien, was modified and subject to rigorous testing. Eventually, the simple jellyfish excluder became the Georgia Jumper, one of the most popular of the approved TEDs. Thousands of Georgia Jumpers or derivations thereof are used daily in trawl fisheries around the world.

Click HERE to view a brochure on how the Georgia Jumper works (PDF format).

Click HERE to view "Protecting Sea Turtles from Shrimp Trawl Nets" by OneMoreGeneration.org.
Click HERE to view "Saving Sea Turtles with the help of 'TED' and President Obama" by OneMoreGeneration.org.

How to Help Beach Nesting Birds

Coast Carolina Beach Nesting Birds
Click HERE to view a more information regarding how to help our local beach nesting birds (PDF format).
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