This has been a busy semester! We have been traveling, starting new projects, and counting endless amounts of trash removed from local beaches. In the midst of everything, we welcomed three new Conservation Interns in August. We rely heavily on the dedication of our volunteers and interns. Each new group brings new ideas, new skills, and new ways to learn and improve. We are very lucky to have another amazing set of… Read More
This month, our work with cigarette butts on fishing piers continues. One stipulation of the grant we received from Keep America Beautiful is follow-up litter scans at each location where cigarette receptacles were installed. The bins have been collecting butts at 15 sites in Florida since June. With help from a few of our partners, we have been busy counting cigarette butts both contained in the receptacles and littered on the ground… Read More
Our Responsible Pier Initiative (RPI) partners in Virginia have been hard at work! While we were installing cigarette receptacles on Florida piers, we stopped at the Post Office to ship supplies to Virginia Beach. Our colleagues at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center monitor seven fishing piers. Since 2014, they have been holding workshops for pier managers, surveying anglers, and responding to incidentally hooked sea turtles in the Virginia Beach area. … Read More
Late Friday, I received an email from Lake Worth Ocean Rescue, our dedicated RPI partner for the William O. Lockhart Municipal (Lake Worth) Pier. The cigarette receptacles, which we installed with the help of a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grant on June 7, were already full. I took the short trip south to Lake Worth Saturday morning to find cigarette butts nearly spilling from the receptacle at the foot of the pier. The… Read More
We had a very successful road trip through Florida to visit many of our partners and install cigarette receptacles on their piers. A few highlights of the trip are below!
Earlier this year, Loggerhead Marinelife Center was named a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grant recipient by Keep American Beautiful. The grant has allowed us to purchase cigarette receptacles for interested Responsible Pier Initiative partners. We immediately began planning our road trip and packing our tools. Implementation began yesterday on our very own Juno Beach Pier. In the next eight days, we will visit 14 piers, travel a total of 1,459 miles, and… Read More