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Turtle Season Seaweed Siege – Palm Beach County

Posted by Lorea Thomson on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 at 1:16pm.

 If you have been to the beach lately, you've probably seen the incredible amount of seaweed washed up on our coastline. South Florida is currently experiencing substantial amounts of seaweed beaching up on the coastline. Due to this influx of seaweed, Palm Beach County has taken the initiative to protect turtle season and keep locals happy.

On the north end of the county, researchers at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach, are keeping an eye on it, making sure it doesn’t negatively impact nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings. The influx of seaweed is called sargassum and occurs naturally. Blooms that are happening offshore, and getting pushed onto the beaches, it is all based on winds and tides and surf.  When the area experiences storms, it gets pushed up on the shoreline.

The Town of Boca Raton Parks and Recreation team is raking the beaches to clear it out. The process usually begins at 7am.  It continues until beachgoers start filling up the beach.  However, as soon as the is raked clean, new seaweed washes on shore.  As it is currently sea turtle season, which prohibits raking the beaches above the high tide line, protocol must be strictly adhered too. Because of this, Boca Raton is required to wait for a daily sea turtle survey to be completed before tractors can enter the beach.

 

 

 

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