Sea Turtle Grant Program Awards $335,000 to Support Research, Conservation and Education
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA—Each summer, Florida's sandy beaches attract thousands of sea turtles searching for the perfect spot to lay their eggs. But in the past 10 years, scientists have recorded a nearly 50 percent drop in sea turtle nesting along Florida's coastline – home to 90 percent of sea turtle nesting in the U.S.
This worrisome trend has prompted conservation groups, researchers and coastal counties to step up their efforts to help sea turtles survive. Through the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded entirely by sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate, groups around Florida are receiving grants supporting education, conservation and research projects benefiting Florida sea turtles.
This year grants totaling more than $335,000 were awarded to 15 different organizations and local governments. The nonprofit Caribbean Conservation Corporation, which administers the