300 Sea Turtles Rescued
Fishing piers are home to an elevated number of interactions between sea turtles and recreational anglers. To mitigate the effects of incidental capture and entanglements, in 2013 we implemented the Responsible Pier Initiative (RPI) on the Juno Beach Pier. The Initiative is designed to work collaboratively with anglers and provide them with the tools and training necessary to respond appropriately in the event a sea turtle becomes accidentally hooked or entangled on a fishing pier.
In the last four years, we have partnered with 24 organizations, municipal and other NGOs, to expand the program to 53 fishing piers across Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, and Puerto Rico. The RPI is now responsible for more than 300 successful sea turtle rescues and the removal of over 4,900 lbs. of marine debris.