To ensure the preservation and protection of threatened and endangered sea turtles, working within federal and state guidelines. The Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project is comprised of volunteers dedicated to the protection of all sea turtle species. During nesting season (May 1 - August 31) we patrol from the southern end of Kure Beach to the northern end (including Freeman Park) of Carolina Beach.
NEWS and Updates
Seismic Testing Video
Here is a great video that explains seismic testing.
Echo Friendly Action is working to stop seismic testing....
for ways you can help please visit their website!
Notice of Meeting to Oppose Seismic Testing Off Our Coast
As many of you may already be aware of there are some interesting developments going on around us that will affect our community and our beloved sea turtles. The government has been entertaining the notion of opening up the Atlantic Coast to seismic testing in the hope of discovering oil and gas areas for drilling. This would happen from the coast of Maine to Florida.
Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth recently signed a letter supporting seismic testing and off shore drilling for oil and natural gas.
Along with Surfrider Foundation, Oceana and many other local and national environmental organizations we have decided, as a project dedicated to protecting endangered sea turtles, that we must take a position to oppose this plan. There will be a public town council meeting in Kure Beach on January 27th at 6:30 pm. There will be representatives from the gas and oil industry as well as from environmental groups, news media etc. The public may speak for 3 minutes each at this meeting provided they have contacted the council before Wednesday January 22.
If you would like to show your support for our opposition to this testing and come to this meeting we ask that you wear blue shirts. We are hoping to show the town of Kure Beach overwhelming opposition to its choice to support this type of testing off our shores.
There are numerous sites to read more about the proposed seismic testing, we ask that you read more and please help us take a stand to protect our oceans.
Island Gazette Article - this is very informative!
Cape Fear Surfrider - You can find the petition to sign here.
Citizens Opposing Acoustic Seismic Testing
2013 Season a success
Thanks to our many hard working volunteers and our wonderful guests this summer has been a fabulous nesting season! We have had a total of 10 nests on Carolina Beach (one a real surprise!) and 20 nests on Kure Beach. This year has broken our record and we are hoping it is a new trend! With only a few nests left to hatch we are winding down our season and just wanted to thank everyone who has made this such a wonderful year. For information on just how successful the turtle season has been be sure to visit seaturtle.org
A mother turtle laying her eggs
Such exciting times on the beach! This year we have been fortunate enough to witness several mama turtles laying their eggs. Many thanks to our summer visitors for seeing them and reporting it to 911 operators! This is such a treat to see for us as well as visitors. Be sure to keep an eye out while on the beach and if you see one DO NOT approach her, DO NOT shine lights on her but DO call 911! Then hang back and give her plenty of room and watch nature take its course. PLEASE DO NOT take flash photos of her! We use infrared cameras to get our photos because we don't want to blind her before she goes back in the ocean.
Photograph courtesy Neal Dorow
Photograph courtesy Neal Dorow
We need you!
Please remember to fill in any holes before leaving the beach,
pick up any trash especially plastic and while you are on the beach
if you see any nesting turtles or hatchlings
please contact us immediately at
or call 911
If you see a nesting turtle please refrain from shining any lights on her and keep a safe distance while you watch this amazing creature. Also please refrain from giving out the location of a nesting turtle to anyone other than authorities.
2013 Nest Count