Pick up any trash since most of it ends up in waterways; stop using plastic bags and water bottles; stay alert while driving a boat and follow posted speeds to avoid collisions with sea turtles and other marine life. If you live in a sea turtle nesting area, keep your lights off during nesting season, don’t build fires on the beach, never disturb a nesting female, and avoid areas that have been roped off to protect nests and hatchlings.
Join Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Eco-volunteer Adventure where you will be able to work with researchers to find, tag, and record data about leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica. Counting turtle tracks in the sand helps scientists determine if that location is highly populated for nesting. Also, you will have the opportunity to help tag the nesting turtles. The tagging process helps reveal information on the life cycle and migratory patterns of certain sea turtle species, which aids in determining if that location has a growing or declining population of nesting turtles.
The most important thing you can do to help protect sea turtles is to invest in their future. Support the work of Atlantis Blue Project, which funds conservation, research, and education projects throughout The Bahamas and also supports the efforts of the Sea Turtle Conservancy.