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This Holiday SEAson, don’t forget to give a gift to the sea! Follow one, two or all 5 of these simple ways to reduce your plastic waste during the holidays.   1. Choose recycled or reusable wrapping options for gift giving, such as reusable bags and boxes.   2. Show off your cookie decorating skills and make memories with loved ones by baking homemade treats instead of grabbing heavily packaged, pre-made sweets…. Read More

The Conservation Department here at Loggerhead has collected a record high of 11,674 pieces of foam so far during the month of November, collected during only ONE beach cleanup. Why is there so much you ask? Styrofoam easily breaks down into small pieces, however will never fully biodegrade into the environment. The figure below describes how long different items physically break down, but most plastics will never decompose to be recycled throughout the… Read More

November 14th-17th, Loggerhead Marinelife Center traveled far from Florida’s sunny shores to Las Vegas, NV, to participate in the 2018 Dive Equipment Manufacturers Association (DEMA) show. The Conservation Team attended the DEMA show to promote the upcoming Responsible Diver program, a component of Project SHIELD. This program offers suggestions to dive operators for sea turtle safe and ocean-friendly dive practices. Project SHIELD  is a multi-faceted program designed to provide conservation solutions and… Read More

With Halloween right around the corner, October is a good time to think about the scariest thing in the ocean- PLASTIC!!  Once plastic enters the marine environment, it never goes away. Instead, over time, it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, forever haunting our ocean and harming marine life. Sea turtles and other marine life often mistake this plastic trash for food. Once ingested, plastic trash can cause internal injuries and… Read More

This week, during nesting patrol on Juno Beach, our research team came across this. It is a sad reminder of how our actions impact the world around us. These hatchlings, just starting out on their journey of life are mere minutes old, but have already come in contact with one of the greatest threats posed to sea turtles on Earth- plastic. Every month, Loggerhead Marinelife Center analyzes all marine debris collected during… Read More

Since 2016, Loggerhead Marinelife Center and partner organizations have removed over 20,000 bottle caps from Florida beaches. Can you spot some of the other strange items found during our beach cleanups? – 2 toy dinosaurs – An Apple Watch – A pig – A die – A toy plane – An orange cat – A clownfish – Dory – A hammerhead shark – A road reflector – A fish trap tag

Take the following quiz to find out just how much YOU know about ocean plastics and what you can do to help! If we all work together, we will be able to reduce the flow of plastics into the ocean and help save sea turtles and other marine life for generations to come!

With graduation season in full force and Mother’s Day right around the corner, please don’t forget to hold on tight to those celebratory balloons…. or better yet, don’t buy them at all! Since 2017, Loggerhead Marinelife Center has removed over 1,700 balloons from local Florida beaches. When balloons are released into the sky, they often come down and end up in our ocean. Deflated balloons resemble jellies, a common food item for… Read More

On Earth Day, April 22, 2018, as part of our upcoming Blue Table Initiative, Loggerhead Marinelife Center has partnered with local restaurants and The City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to go #StrawFreewithLMC  For this event, the restaurants listed have agreed to refrain from offering plastic straws to their patrons on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2018, to help increase public awareness of the need to eliminate single-use plastics, such as straws. In… Read More

Nesting season is here- so don your red lights and test out your nesting season knowledge! Happy nesting season everyone!