SeaTurtles Dig the Dark
Qn1.The artificial lights are attracting hatchling sea turtles away fromthe ocean in an event described as disorientation. Disorientedhatchlings crawl away from the sea towards the brightest lights wherethey are more vulnerable to predators, exhaustion, dehydration andmoving vehicles. Even if they reach the sea, chances of survival areminimal due to energy loss. They become vulnerable to marinepredators making it hard for them to reach crucial offshore habitats.In that regard, sea turtle nesting habit has been significantlyaffected by the artificial lights [ CITATION Jen12 l 1033 ].
Qn2. 1. To limit the artificial lights so that hatched sea turtles canutilize the natural moonlight to trace their way back into the sea.
2.To issue hotel building permits if minimal disturbance is guaranteedto sea turtle nesting
3.To protect the turtle habitats
Thepolicy aims at implementing lighting systems that do not distract thehatchlings from moving towards the sea. Also, any construction e.g.hotel that can disturb sea turtle nesting is restricted. The turtlehabitats will hence be protected [ CITATION Jen12 l 1033 ].
Qn3. The policy solution is technical i.e. instrumentally rational. Ithas been evidenced how human-related events have affected turtlenesting. The system focuses on the most efficient way to achieveresults for the hatchlings to survive. The priority is to protect theturtle habitats in the most appropriate manner including limiting thestrength of the artificial lights and restricting hotels at the beachfrom causing disturbances [ CITATION Jen12 l 1033 ].
Q4. The public is well supportive of the policy. Since the inception ofthis regulation, the citizens have shown interest in limiting acts oflight pollution. They recognize the life of turtles. The animals area beauty to watch as they scurry into the dark seawaters. With thatin mind, the public supports the campaign in promoting turtlesurvival along the oceans [ CITATION Die16 l 1033 ].
Q5. The campaign was prioritized due to the need to save the endangeredsea turtles. It became a concern to researchers that the number ofturtles was slowly diminishing especially within the Florida beaches.Through scientific research, measures were adopted to curb the same.It made sense to get the campaign on the agenda. Harnessingvolunteers as well as educating the public was the only way ofsetting the campaign in motion. The researchers involved showed howthe turtle statistics were worrying and provided a solution for thesame. By engaging the public, the policy was adopted, and as yearswent by, the benefits were evident. However, the campaign does notstop until all beaches are deemed conducive turtle habitats [ CITATION Jen12 l 1033 ].
Q6. The campaign is championed by Santee Cooper, SCUTE and, SCDNR.Santee Cooper also referred to as South Carolina Public ServiceAuthority is a State-owned utility firm that came up with the slogan"" to shield the lights. S.C.U.T.E.stands for South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts. It is amonitoring group volunteer directed by South Carolina Department ofNatural Resources (SCDNR). They monitor turtles over a 60-mile area[ CITATION Cha15 l 1033 ].
Q7. The primary goal is to improve the human – animal relationship invarious capacities. The campaign aimed at ensuring the turtles hadconducive areas to nest. The turtle hatchlings would also benefitfrom the program. Over the years, the campaign has achieved positiveoutcomes with the number of nests increasing substantially. Thelarger picture is a suitable environment that accommodates bothhumans, animals, birds, and aquatic life [ CITATION Die16 l 1033 ].
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