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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

Most importantly, we’re relieved to report that we heard from our partners in Puerto Rico and everyone is safe.  They are working to assess the damage done and recover from Hurricane Maria.  We will continue to communicate with them as often as possible as we work on our projects here at home. In September, I traveled west to implement the RPI at several new sites in Hernando County – an area we… Read More

In light of the recent hurricanes, our hearts are with all of our partners in Florida, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, and Puerto Rico.  We are very grateful that our LMC sea turtle patients, staff members, volunteers, and facility were not more tragically affected by the storm. Many members of our conservation community have been devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Today, our thoughts are especially focused on our partners in Puerto Rico… Read More

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

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

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

Summer is definitely upon us in South Florida.  The temperatures are rising, the turtles are returning to nest, and our summer interns are here!  This term, we are lucky to have four interns from all over the country working for the Conservation Department. Steph is our new Conservation Intern.  She will be working with the team to implement conservation measures on fishing piers, recycle monofilament fishing line collected in Palm Beach County,… Read More