Keep Beaches Clean

Keep our beaches clean and safe for sea turtles by doing the following:

Recycle all plastic, glass, and aluminum
Fill any holes near a nest barrier on the beach
Fill in holes on the beach
Dispose of trash properly
Pick up trash
Make sure no light source can be seen from the beach
Don’t shine lights on the beach
Don't possess illegal fireworks at the beach
Don’t bring illegal fireworks to the beach
Remove entanglement hazards from the beach, like tents, recreational furniture, and ropes in the sand
Remove all beach furniture and recreational equipment from the beach at night
This image lists other ways to maintain dark, flat beaches including keeping it clean by removing garbage, flat by filling in holes to avoid trapping adult and hatchling turtles, and keeping the beach dark b y turning off coastal lights to avoid turtle disorientations. There is a picture of a sea turtle and map of Florida, highlighting where Volusia county is located.

If you see a sea turtle on the beach:

Please do not approach a nesting female or hatchling and don not block their path as they are crawling. Turn off all flashlights and flash cameras at night, or use only red LED flashlights as needed. If you find a turtle on the beach during the heat of the day, or if the turtle is in danger, notify a life guard or Beach Safety immediately at 386-424-2345.

Join us!

Are you a local resident who wants to devote some time to protecting sea turtles and our beautiful beaches? We have a number of volunteer activities that may interest you. Some of our members conduct early morning surveys of turtle nesting activity; others are involved in our educational and fundraising programs. Please contact us for more information at