Improving Habitat Injured by Spill Response: Restoring the Night Sky
State of Alabama; State of Florida; US Department of the Interior
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
The Improving Habitat Injured by Spill Response: Restoring the Night Sky project will reduce disturbance to nesting habitat for loggerhead sea turtles. The project involves multiple tasks: 1) Site-specific surveys of existing light sources for each targeted beach; 2) Coordination with site managers on development of plans to eliminate, retrofit, or replace existing light fixtures on the property or to otherwise decrease the amount of light reaching the loggerhead sea turtle nesting beach; 3) Retrofitting streetlights and parking lot lights; 4) Increased efforts by local governments to ensure compliance with local lighting ordinances; and 5) A public awareness campaign including educational materials and revision of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Lighting Technical Manual to include Best Available Technology (Witherington and Martin, 2000).