Launch of Responsible Boater Initiative
In 2013, we saw much success in collaborating with recreational fishermen through LMC’s Responsible Pier Initiative. This year we plan to expand our reach to recreational boaters through the launch of the Responsible Boater Initiative.
The Responsible Boater Initiative is a program geared towards recreational boaters in South Florida to promote clean, safe boating, fishing and diving practices as it relates to threatened and endangered sea turtles. The initiative will include a “Safe for Sea Turtles” workshop for boaters, educational signage for participating marinas and boat docks, along with personal monofilament recycling containers, marine life resource packet, waterproof/ salt-resistant marine life ID guide, and a “Safe for Sea Turtles” swag bag for each workshop participant.
We have submitted a funding proposal to the BoatUS Foundation for this project and found out this week that our application has been accepted to move on to the Public Voting phase.
What does this mean?
Beginning on March 15th, our project summary, along with pictures, will be posted on the Foundation’s website and Facebook page for the public to vote on. The projects with the most votes at the end of the voting period (March 29th) will be funded.
How you can help
We need your vote! The morning of the 15th, we’ll post the links to the voting website and Facebook page. The links will be posted on Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts along with here on the Conservation Blog. Please vote for our project and share the links with your social and professional networks. This is a very important project that we truly believe will make an immediate difference in sea turtle conservation in South Florida.
Thank you for your support! Stay tuned for more information regarding the Responsible Boater Initiative.