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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

Last week we headed to the Caribbean to implement the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) across the main island of Puerto Rico and on the island of Vieques. We worked with our Responsible Pier Initiative partners at Black Beard Sports and Ticatove to install cigarette ash receptacles, reinstall Sea Turtle Safe Project SHIELD signs at popular dive spots and even made time for an underwater cleanup. Trip highlights are below. Day 1:… Read More

Loggerhead Marinelife Center receives Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant from Keep America Beautiful National Keep America Beautiful Initiative reports 60 percent reduction of cigarette litter in participating communities during 2016 Juno Beach, Florida – Keep America Beautiful, the national nonprofit that envisions a country in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live, recently announced that Loggerhead Marinelife Center will receive a 2017 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP)… 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 week, I joined Ocean Conservancy (OC) in Hong Kong for their International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting. The global event, hosted by The Hong Kong Cleanup and Ecozine, was held to bring ICC leaders and coordinators together to achieve the following goals: Celebrate 30 years of cleanups Share best practices from around the region Inspire greater coordination and communication between the regional network of cleanup partners Highlight innovative projects within the network… Read More

Earlier this month, Tommy and I attended the 4th International Marine Conservation Congress hosted by the Society for Conservation Biology in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Scientists, conservationists, and policy makers from around the world gathered to share their research and the methods they use to protect ocean ecosystems. Fisheries, energy, climate, international treaties, tourism, and conservation planning were just a few of the topics addressed. The conference theme was, ‘Making… Read More

Last week I had the opportunity to join Hawai’i Hawksbills, Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO) and members from NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center on a mission to capture and tag Hawaiian hawksbill sea turtles. Hawksbills are extremely rare within the Hawaiian Islands. In fact, in the 2 years that I’ve lived on Maui, I’ve only observed them while assisting HWF’s, Cheryl King with beach nesting work. Up until last week, I… 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