Longboat Key 2016 Beach Nourishment: Wildlife Protection
From April through November, sea turtles and shorebirds nest on Longboat Key's Gulf of Mexico beaches. Some stretches of the key's beaches have eroded and will be nourished in 2016. While beach nourishment helps to create a better beach for nesting wildlife, the Town of Longboat Key is taking special precautions to ensure that sea turtles and shorebirds continue to flourish on our beaches.
Sea turtle biologists from Mote Marine Laboratory will patrol the beach and relocate sea turtle nests from areas that will be affected by beach construction activities to unaffected areas. An ecologist also will search for nesting shorebirds and mark safe buffer zones to protect nests from beach construction activities and pedestrians.
In addition to protecting wildlife, the project team will inspect the quality of sand for all phases of the project and ensure the proper beach slope is constructed. The slope of the beach is important as sea turtles come ashore to create nests and lay eggs. The team also will monitor water clarity (turbidity) as sand is added along the shoreline.
2016 Longboat Key Beach NourishmentWildlife Protection Status
Sea Turtle Nests Documented to Date: 1,184
Sea Turtle Nests Relocated to Date: 201
You can read more information about the sea turtles and shorebirds that visit Longboat Key.
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