Share the Shore, Y’all

Share the Shore, Y’all is a program for anglers that provides information on how to share our natural resources with sea turtles and prevent sea turtle injuries and fatalities.

YOU Can Help Protect Sea Turtles by Following these Guidelines:

  • It is illegal to deliberately harm, harass, capture or kill sea turtles because they are protected by federal and state laws
  • Do not touch or feed bait, fish, chum, or any other items to sea turtles
  • Do not capture or bring onto boats/land
  • Stay 50 yards or 150 feet away and do not disturb if they are eating, floating, resting, or sleeping
  • Slowly move away at the first sign of disturbance; do not chase or follow
  • Limit observation time to less than 30 minutes
  • Dispose of all trash and monofilament fishing line in proper bins
  • Keep pets leashed and away
  • Report sightings on the iSeaTurtle app at tx.ag/iseaturtle

Report a Sea Turtle Encounter

Call to report sea turtles in need of rescue in Texas

1-866-TURTLE-5

Report turtle encounters online

Learn More About:

Sea Turtle 101

Learn more facts about sea turtles in Texas!

Monofilament Line

Learn how to dispose of monofilament fishing line and the Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program.

Hook Prevention

Learn how to prevent accidentally hooking sea turtles.

Collision Prevention

Learn how to avoid collisions with turtles.

Frequently Asked Questions

When Should I Call the Sea Turtle Hotline?

  • When you find sea turtles entangled in trash or other debris
  • When you accidentally hook a sea turtle while fishing
  • When you accidentally collide with a sea turtle while boating
  • When you find sea turtles that are stuck in rocks along jetties
  • When you find dead sea turtles
  • When you find sea turtles that appear injured or sick
    • Signs of illness may include many barnacles growing, tumors on the body, floating and allowing close contact

What Happens When I Call the Hotline?

  • After calling the hotline, you will select the area of the Texas coast where you are located from the menu provided:
Extension NumberLocation
1Louisiana border to Freeport including Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Island, Galveston Bay, and Surfside
2Quintana Beach, Bryan Beach, Wolf Island, Sargent Beach, and San Bernard Wildlife Refuge
3Matagorda Peninsula, Matagorda Bay, Espiritu Santo Bay, and San Antonio Bay
4San Jose Island, Mustang Island including Port Aransas
5Nueces Bay and Corpus Christi Bay
6-226North Padre Island area from Padre Island National Seashore to the Upper Laguna Madre (8 AM – 5 PM CDT)
700North Padre Island area from Padre Island National Seashore to the Upper Laguna Madre (AFTER 5 PM CDT)
701South Padre Island area from Boca Chica Beach to Lower Laguna Madre (before 5 PM CDT)
702South Padre Island area from Boca Chica Beach to Lower Laguna Madres (after 5 PM CDT)
703If law enforcement is needed, dial this extension to reach Texas Parks and Wildlife
  • You will then be connected with responders in your area who will provide instructions on how to help the turtle
  • If responders are coming, they will rescue the turtle and transport it to a local rehabilitation center

Where Can I See Rescued Sea Turtles in Texas?