DoE: Don’t disturb turtle nests

As sea turtle nesting and hatching season is active until mid-September, the Department of Environment is urging the public not to use heavy equipment when cleaning beaches.

Heavy machinery such as bobcats or other beach cleaning machinery crushes turtle eggs and baby turtles emerging from their nests, said a DoE press release.

However, if there is an urgent need to use heavy machinery, the public should contact the DoE so any known sea turtle nests may be identified before work commences.

Sea turtles are an endangered species, and both adults and eggs are protected under the Marine Conservation Law.

Any signs of sea turtle nesting should be reported to the DoE. The public is advised to leave turtle tracks undisturbed.

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Contact the DoE at 949-8469

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