Protecting Wildlife Through Responsible Lighting Practices
BIRMINGHAM, AL, March 10, 2020 /Neptune100/ — Turtle Safe Lighting – Artificial light prevents newborn sea turtles from safely returning to the ocean after they have hatched. The installation of turtle-friendly lighting at beachfront developments is helping improve the survival rate of sea turtles. Learn what turtle safe fixtures are available, and how to properly install them.
What Is Turtle Safe Lighting?
Turtle Friendly Lighting is a technique that shields light emitted from a property along the beach-side – this is also known as Beach-Side Shielding. This technique is used so that a property does NOT go black at night or risk the life safety of the residents or guests. Turtle friendly lighting directs light to the ground and the walkways, this eliminates and reduces light that goes into the sky. When using turtle friendly lighting, a property will use lighting fixtures and amber LED light bulbs that have been tested and approved.
Basically sea turtle friendly lighting fixtures and light bulbs will emit light inward towards a property versus outward towards the beach. This eliminates light that is directed into the sky or towards the beach or coastline.
THE FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE
Conservation Commission has established a certification process for lighting manufacturers who wish to market and sell “turtle-safe” lighting products.
ILG Wildlife is proud to offer turtle safe lighting, LED bulbs and turtle safe light fixtures.
Sea turtles are protected under federal law and any harassment or interference with a sea turtle, living or dead, is subject to penalty. If you’re in Florida and witness anyone disturbing a turtle or find an injured or disoriented hatchling or adult, please notify the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at (888) 404-FWCC (3922), the local sheriff’s department and/or Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program at (941) 388-4331. If you find a dead or injured sea turtle, contact Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program at https://mote.org/research/program/sea-turtle-conservation-research.
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