Sea Turtle Protection

Certain species of sea turtles are endangered and

protected by Florida Statute and by the United

States Species Act of 1973. Florida Statutes, Chapter

379.2431 states, “A person, firm, or corporation that

illegally takes, disturbs, mutilates, destroys, causes to

be destroyed, transfers, sells, offers to sell, molests, or

harasses any marine turtle species or hatchling, or parts

thereof, or the eggs or nest of any marine turtle species,

commits a third degree felony, punishable by law.

Amelia Island is home to several species of threatened

or endangered sea turtles including loggerhead, green

and leatherback. Residents and visitors are encouraged

to do their part in protecting our sea turtle population. 

Sea Turtle Protection in Nassau County

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