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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

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

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

In 2008, Jack Johnson, along with his team, created All At Once, a social action network that allows his fans to learn, inspire change, and connect with environmental groups in their communities. The team works hard to use their platform for good.  While on tour, the crew installs water refill stations, sells reusable water bottles and pint glasses, works with venues to eliminate plastic straws, offers recycling and composting, fuels their tour… 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

In response to the increase in plastic pollution in coastal zones and ocean gyres, Surfrider Foundation’s Palm Beach County Chapter and Loggerhead Marinelife Center have partnered to bring the Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program to Palm Beach County. “The Ocean Friendly Restaurants program is designed to work with local restaurants and cafés to institute self-regulated ocean-friendly policies,” said Tommy Cutt, LMC’s Chief Conservation Officer. “Through educational workshops on marine conservation and ocean-friendly… Read More

At the beginning of this year, we began carefully sorting all of the pollution removed from the beach during our cleanup events so that we could track trends in the trash over time. As of today, we have sorted 24 cleanups in 2017.  Below is a glimpse at what we are finding: Over 41,000 individual items have been removed 73% of the garbage is plastic An average of 21 pieces of plastic… Read More

At Loggerhead Marinelife Center, we host and support several cleanup activities.  Some are quarterly, some are monthly, some happen more frequently than that.  These include: Blue Friends Society Beach Cleanups, Deep Blue Yoga classes, Kid’s Fishing Programs, Jupiter Waves Beach Cleanups, Juno Beach Civic Association Beach Cleanups, underwater cleanups at the Juno Beach Pier, private groups, and special event cleanups.  Unfortunately, there is no shortage of garbage on the coast. While we… Read More