2013 Trash Tally

Last week we wrapped up our final two marine debris clean-ups of 2013. On Wednesday, in collaboration with Jupiter Dive Center, we removed 71 lbs. of fishing debris from beneath the Juno Beach Fishing Pier and another 115 lbs. of debris was removed from Juno Beach on Saturday during the Blue Friend Society monthly beach clean-up.

Since 2011, LMC has removed over 7,000 lbs. of debris from local beaches and waterways through our monthly beach clean-ups and quarterly pier clean-ups. Over 2,700 lbs. was removed in 2013.

It is estimated that each year, over 100 million marine animals are killed due to plastic (marine) debris ingestion or entanglement, including sea turtles. At LMC, we are committed to battling the growing issue of marine debris. In 2014, we are planning to expand our efforts locally through increased clean-up efforts and state wide through the Responsible Pier Initiative. Please see below for additional ways that you can make a difference and help save the lives of sea turtles.

How can you help?

  • Participate in local beach and waterway clean-up events. (LMC’s Blue Friend Society hosts monthly beach clean-ups on the third Saturday of each month).
  • Use reusable bags instead of plastic bags
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Dispose of trash properly)
  • Don’t release balloons in the air. They’re often mistaken for food (jellyfish) by sea turtles.
  • Limit use of disposable products
  • Educate others and spread the word!

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