Mote coordinates with county, state and federal efforts to conserve sea turtles—particularly loggerheads, since Sarasota County hosts the highest density of loggerhead nests in the Gulf of Mexico.

The program includes staff, interns and volunteers who have documented the status of shoreline habitat and trends in sea turtle nesting. The data shows that nesting by loggerhead turtles had declined, then rebounded in recent years, while green turtle nesting—although very low in numbers—had increased. Nest destruction by predators had also increased during the same time period.

For more information on our historical documentation of sea turtle nests visit Sea Turtle Nesting on the Environmental Update page.

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