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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

This data represents all debris collected through LMC sponsored coastal cleanup events in Palm Beach County from January 1 – June 20, 2017. Following each beach and underwater cleanup, the Center’s sorting team, comprised of staff, volunteers, and interns weighs all debris and empties it onto a tarp. The trash is sorted into twenty specific categories, counted, and entered into our database. In the time period of January 1 – June 20, 2017,… 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

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

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