New Bill Could Prevent Use Of Artificial Lights In Certain Areas

Lights have the most impact on turtle hatchings due to the fact that the turtles would be drawn to the artificial light.

A pre-filed state Senate bill could soon prohibit the use of artificial light in certain areas where sea turtles are most likely to nest.

‘South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts’ is a non-profit organization that has volunteers who monitor the beaches in Horry and Georgetown counties and protect turtles’ nesting habits.

SCUTE leader, Richard Scott, shared that turtles search for high and dark places to lay their eggs and if one cannot be found, they return to the water. He highlighted that lights have the most impact on turtle hatchings due to the fact that the turtles would be drawn to the artificial light which causes the turtles to end up in places such as garages and swimming pools.

If passed, it would enforce the entire state to follow the new prohibition that is backed by the Sea Turtle Protection Act.