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SEA TURTLE OVERSIGHT PROTECTION INC

S.T.O.P. - Resist Extinction

Fort Lauderdale, FL   |  www.seaturtleop.com

Mission

To protect and rescue sea turtles and preserve their critical habitats, while remaining free of political influence, for the benefit of conservation

Ruling year info

2014

President

Karen Valiquette

Main address

3104 NE 9th St. Suite A

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 USA

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EIN

90-0609123

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Incorrect coastal lighting causes sea turtle hatchings to go towards the City instead of to the sea!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hatchling Rescue and Disorientation Documentation

Turtle nesting season runs from March 1 to October 31. During this time, our volunteers are involved in permit-related conservation, preservation and documentation activities on the clock. This includes compiling data about nest locations; mapping the locations; and documenting disorientation events and educating the public at large. Our field volunteers use this data for their rescue and recovery efforts. Our administrative volunteers and local, state and federal governmental agencies use this data as a tool for enforcing better protection thresholds to reduce disorientation events for endangered sea turtle species.
For our field volunteers, this information enables them to be there when hatchlings emerge from a nest. If all goes well, our volunteers see a group of hatchlings going to the ocean. Unfortunately, as is often the case, our volunteers see disoriented hatchlings racing towards unlawful, artificial lighting and must intervene to rescue the hatchlings by collecting them, containing them in five gallon buckets, and documenting the artificial lighting sources that caused the disorientation. The hatchlings that are physically able to be released are released. Those that have suffered physical injury or trauma (i.e., broken flipper due to entanglement in fences or beach furniture; injury by predators including birds, crabs, and raccoons) are transported to a certified rehabilitation facility by our trained volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

At present, our ability to do citizen education and outreach is with beachgoers, schools, businesses on the beach, community groups (i.e., Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, civic organizations), environmental fairs, media interviews, meetings with elected officials, and other outreach efforts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Volunteers working under the FFWCC conservation permit are required to participate in a minimum of 4 hours of annual technical, classroom style training. Each new volunteer is also required to complete an initial 40 hours of supervised field training with a senior volunteer. During 2011, technical training was completed by 250 individuals and supervised field training was completed by 120 new volunteers. (Of the 250 people who participated in the classroom training, approximately 175 have completed both classroom and field training and serve as our core volunteers under the permits.)

This training is facilitated Richard WhiteCloud who has over 6 years of day-to-day experience in sea turtle conservation efforts and Dr. Kirt Rusenko, a Marine Conservationist with Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and meets FFWCC training guidelines and requirements.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Hatchling Rescue and Disorientation Documentation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes sea turtles that were released into the ocean and ones that were taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center for care.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to provide solutions, to balance the scales and give the hatchlings a chance to begin their life.

We help to educate the public by hosting sea turtle nesting habitat awareness and lighting workshops and offer presentations to schools, organizations and local businesses to increase sea turtle awareness. With our feet on the sand, we interact with tens of thousands of beach-goers each year during our nightly campaigns, providing them with helpful tips to avoid being a disturbance while on the nesting habitat. We also provide carefully controlled, guided eco-tours to reduce incidental interactions, that could have negative consequences for the animals.

STOP rescues disoriented hatchlings as well as sick or injured juvenile and adult marine turtles in all of Broward County Florida; Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Pompano, Lauderdale by the Sea, Fort Lauderdale, Dania, Hollywood, and Hallandale.

Our program has reduced the hatchling mortality rate by over 40% in Broward County. Our FWCC certified nighttime survey volunteers monitor sea turtle nests and count the number of hatchlings that emerge. Hatchlings that go east to the ocean are left alone. Hatchlings that disorient to lights are documented and recovered in buckets. Rescued hatchlings are released into the sea or taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. We record the data with mobile devices in real-time using the FORMS app from Device Magic and publish the results on an interactive map as a public service. Since 2007, STOP volunteers have bucketed over 240,000 hatchlings that disoriented to lights on Broward County beaches.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SEA TURTLE OVERSIGHT PROTECTION INC

Board of directors
as of 08/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tonia Fralin

Tona Fralin

Kirt Rusenko

Richard WhiteCloud

Heather Spangler

Joe Taverna

Melissa Alexander

Janet Ramos

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/17/2022

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Leadership

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