Sea turtle swimming in shallow water with tex, "NSB Survey Nest Data"

NSB Turtle Tracker News

 

Pre-season leatherback nest NSB 4-4-14 (9)The 2016 nesting season is in the record books for New Smyrna Beach.  Our job is done for this year.  Thank you to all our volunteers and support team members for a successful year.

The official nesting count for 2016 is listed below. It was a below average year for sea turtles here in New Smyrna, but Statewide nesting stats; still to be finalize, were good.

The total number of nests varies annually as sea turtles do not always nest every year.  There were zero Green sea turtle nests and a below average count of Leatherback and Loggerhead nests.  Our team is looking forward to a little “off beach” time to prepare for the 2017 season.

Historical Nesting Data

The chart below reflects sea turtle nesting totals for each species since 2000 in New Smyrna Beach.

Year Loggerhead Green Leatherback Kemp’s ridley Total
2016 223 0 3 0 226
2015 256 9 8 0 273
2014 154 2 2 1 159
2013 325 24 4 0 353
2012 389 7 2 0 398
2011 230 3 4 0 237
2010 286 12 3 0 301
2009 162 0 3 0 165
2008 336 14 0 0 350
2007 249 27 2 0 278
2006 191 9 0 0 200
2005 201 9 2 0 212
2004 101 2 1 0 104
2003 205 0 0 0 205
2002 223 8 0 0 231
2001 202 0 2 0 204
2000 319 8 0 0 327