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Rocky Island

Marine Conservation organizations in North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean

Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge


4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL32963-9446, USA

Region Active

North America



Protection of marine life, Turtles


The Refuge is a 20.5-mile section of shoreline along Florida’s east central coast, and is home to the most important sea turtle nesting habitat in the United States. More loggerheads nest within the Carr Refuge than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere, and it is also the most significant area for green turtle nesting in North America. The Refuge hosts a variety of birds, reptiles, fish, mammals and invertebrates including brown pelicans, sea turtles, gopher tortoises, snakes, manatees, and crabs that make their homes in the ocean as well as on several habitats including the beach and dunes, coastal strand and scrub, maritime hammock, and mangroves.

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