Emergency Contact Phone: 24/7 Hatchling Emergency (954) 404-0025 | FWC (888) 404-3922 (FWCC) | Broward County (954) 519-1255

This 2014 map contains disorientation reports submitted by STOP and Broward County volunteers and is color coded by the total number of hatchlings that disoriented towards lights. Click each info bubble for a detailed report of each nest. Code Enforcement and Press, please contact us for a link to view complete data and FWC reports with Google Earth. UPDATED WEEKLY

KEY: Number of hatchlings that went to lights instead of the sea:  • 2-10   11-50   OVER 50+ 

What does STOP do?

Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (STOP) nighttime survey volunteers monitor sea turtle nests in Broward County. STOP counts the number of hatchlings that emerge from each nest in real-time on the beach as it happens. This requires many months of long nights on the beach.

Hatchlings that go east to the ocean are left alone. Hatchlings that disorient to lights are documented and recovered in buckets. Rescued hatchlings are released into the sea or taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. We do this as volunteers. Over the past 7 years, STOP volunteers documented over 82,000 hatchlings that disoriented to lights in Broward County. Sadly, we only had enough volunteers to monitor 40% of the total nests. Imagine how many were missed... STOP has rescued and documented over 50,000 hatchlings in the last 2 years alone.

S.T.O.P performs sea turtle rescue for disoriented hatchlings as well as sick or injured juvenile and adult marine turtles in all of Broward County including Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Pompano, Lauderdale by the Sea, Fort Lauderdale,Dania, Hollywood,and Hallandale.


In 2013, STOP volunteers rescued over 30,000 Broward County hatchlings. Since 2007, STOP has rescued more than 80,000 sea turtle hatchlings from illegal coastal lighting in Broward County.  

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Florida State Statute 379 Sec. 5

5.  Any person, firm, or corporation that illegally takes, disturbs, mutilates, destroys, causes to be destroyed, transfers, sells, offers to sell, molests, or harasses any marine turtle species, or the eggs or nest of any marine turtle species as described in this subsection, commits a third degree felony, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. Read in full. 

Ft. Lauderdale Sea Turtle Lighting Ordinance Sec. 6-51

"It is the policy of the City of Fort Lauderdale that no artificial light shall illuminate any area of the incorporated beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida."  

Read all municipality ordinances and contacts here.

This video clearly explains lighting issues and other immediate threats to sea turtles.

Brought to you by the South Walton Community Council and the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG).


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