Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) is the oldest and most accomplished sea turtle organization in the world, founded over 60 years ago with a devotion to sea turtle conservation, education, research, and advocacy. For the past 10 years, STC’s Lighting Team has been working throughout Florida to help beachfront properties retrofit their lights with sea turtle friendly options and to educate coastal officials on the rules of sea turtle friendly lighting. This presentation will address the issues with light on nesting beaches, what laws are in place to protect sea turtles from artificial light, common concerns that customers face regarding sea turtle friendly lighting, and what the best practices are for managing artificial light on our beaches. In addition, we will discuss resources on where to find sea turtle friendly lighting and how you can be a part of the solution.
SPEAKER: Emily Asp, M.S., NAILD LS I
Emily Asp has been a lighting project specialist with the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) since 2019. She is also a certified LS-1through the National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors. As alighting project specialist, she conducts property evaluations and pitches, designs lighting plans, manages retrofit contracts, and corresponds with property representatives. In addition to these duties, she also plans and coordinates educational code enforcement workshops around the state of Florida. Emily received her B.S. in Biology from Westfield State University and her M.S.in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies from Coastal Carolina University, where she examined the effects of artificial light on sea turtle hatchlings in areas of relatively low light surrounding large cities. Since 2015, Emily has been involved with various nonprofits, universities, and government agencies to monitor sea turtle nesting beaches, participate in sea turtle research both in the water and on the beach, and educate coastal residents and visitors on the harmful effects of artificial light.
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