The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and
Wildlife Research Institute coordinates nesting beach survey
programs around the state.
The state of Florida, through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, coordinates two sea turtle monitoring programs: the Statewide Nesting Beach Survey and the Index Nesting Beach Survey.
FWC-trained and authorized surveyors across the state monitor nests on a set of index beaches that span nearly 200 miles and are the focus of the Index Nesting Beach Survey program.
The Florida Index Nesting Beach Survey records sea turtle nest counts on a standardized set of index beaches. Researchers use the annual survey to determine nesting trends.
A statistical analysis of trends in Florida’s loggerhead nest counts with data through 2015.
This resource provides a summary of the geographical distribution of sea turtle nest occurrence and nest density throughout the state of Florida during the last five years.
The following table contains the Florida Statewide Nesting Beach Survey data for the 2014 season. The data are divided into two main regions (east and west) and divided by county.
The southeastern United States hosts the world's largest nesting aggregation of the loggerhead turtle.
Florida's green turtle nesting aggregation is the second largest in the Western Hemisphere.
Florida is the only state in the continental U.S. where leatherback turtles regularly nest.
The training materials contained in this article are intended for principal permit holders and their volunteers.
A 1995 publication on sea turtle nesting activity.
View photos from sea turtle nesting activities around the state