Sea Turtle Certified Stonelights
Stonelight produces a precast concrete bollard, which not only meets the specifications of sea turtle lighting with dark amber LEDs, but also provides durability during the type of inclement weather conditions found in the Southern Hemisphere. The Turtle Light is aimed downward, and the source of the Turtle Light light is contained on three sides and from above.
Each summer, sandy beaches attract thousands of sea turtles looking for a good nesting spot. Sadly, in the last 10 years, scientists have recorded nearly a 50% drop in sea turtle nesting. Most of the percentage drop is the result of white lights emanating from residential and commercial construction along the coasts, both in the U.S. and the Caribbean. White light deceives the newly hatched turtles into thinking they are headed for the moonlit water, while in fact, they are heading towards buildings and roads. The further inland the baby turtles travel, the greater the risk of predators and human dangers.
Fortunately, turtles are unable to see red or dark amber light, so this type of lighting does not draw the turtles inland, and does not compete with the moonlit water, the baby turtles’ ultimate destination.
Many cities and counties have established Ordinances, or Protection Regulations for Sea Turtles, some under the Department of Parks and Recreation. Violation of the Regulations or Ordinances can be reported to the City or County Code Enforcement Department for formal action. The Ordinances or Regulations declare that white lights, which can be seen from the beach, are not only against code in that area, but also contradict the efforts of the FFWCC and the Sea Turtle Conservancy to protect and enhance the sea turtle population. To avoid citations where the Regulations and Ordinances are in place, property owners need to replace existing white lights with dark amber lights that shine away from the water providing no distraction for the baby sea turtles in their attempt to reach the water.
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PO Box 413005. Naples, FL 34101-3005 USA
5805 Glencove Drive, Naples, FL 34108 USA
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