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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… Read More

If you’ve gone shopping for accessories such as sunglasses or hair clips in the last 40 years, you are probably familiar with the ‘tortoiseshell’ pattern – mottled black and brown markings.  The original tortoiseshell products were made from the shells of hawksbill sea turtles.  Poaching and commercial exploitation of the turtles were among the most significant factors in the decline of the hawksbill population.     Hawksbills, named for their ‘raptor-like’ beak,… Read More

Last week, the Executive Director of the Balloon Council wrote an opinion article for the Palm Beach Daily News directed at LMC’s Balloon Ban Initiative. The article suggests that the initiative is misguided and that balloons do not pose a real threat to sea turtles and other wildlife.  Our response, outlined below, will be published this weekend. Mylar balloons are made from plastic and unfortunately, do not biodegrade. Although latex (whether natural… Read More

Last Thursday, our sea turtle hospital received a call from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) about a post-hatchling turtle that was found washed up on the beach, covered in oil. The turtle, a small green, was found near the Lake Worth Fishing Pier by our colleagues at DB Ecological Services, while they were conducting their morning sea turtle nesting survey. This was the second time in just as many days… Read More

Tuesday morning, I took this summer’s last group of Jr. Marine Biologist camp students to the Juno Beach Pier to learn responsible fishing practices and try their luck with their own rod and reel. Meg taught the students casting techniques, knot tying, bait cutting, and the different types of fishing rods, lures, and hooks. After a brief lesson on sea turtle rescue (just in case), the students were set free on the… Read More

Tuesday morning, officials from the City of Deerfield Beach, Broward County, Ocean Rescue, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, and Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier gathered to learn the proper protocol to follow in the event a sea turtle is accidentally hooked on the pier. The RPI’s newest First Responders sat behind the pier house counter while my presentation was projected onto the wall at the front of the shop. Pier attendants paused every… Read More

With the Fourth of July’s recent passing, we often see an increase in the amount of debris left on the beach. Fireworks are beautiful, but after the show is over, the remaining packaging can harm nesting sea turtles and hatchlings on our busy beaches. So, yesterday, I enlisted LMC’s Jr. Marine Biologist campers to help solve the problem. In teams of five, I challenged them to collect 25 pieces of trash on… Read More

Last week, I traveled with my good friend and Vice President of Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Cheryl King, to the International Summit on Fibropapillomatosis: Global Status, Trends, And Population Impacts. The meeting was convened by the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Service Center and hosted at the Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center (IRC), on Ford Island, an islet in the center of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. I’m currently home on the island of… Read More

On November 18 and 19, the center’s Outreach Coordinator, Demi Fox, attended the Second International Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Symposium in Brownsville, Texas.  The symposium, convened for the first time since 1985, was scheduled one year earlier than planned due to growing concern for the species.  Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were saved from near extinction largely due to a bi-national agreement between Mexico and the United States made in 1984.  Their population… Read More

LMC’s Pollution Prevention Initiative was developed out of the center’s commitment to battle the ongoing issue of marine debris. The initiative is composed of three primary components: Prevent and Reduce marine debris by providing adequate trash and recycle receptacles Remove marine debris from local beaches and waterways through clean-up events Educate the general public on the impacts of marine debris on the local environment and they can help In partnership with the Ocean… Read More