Conservation

Archives

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 Thursday, our sea turtle hospital received a call from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) about a post-hatchling turtle that was found washed up on the beach, covered in oil. The turtle, a small green, was found near the Lake Worth Fishing Pier by our colleagues at DB Ecological Services, while they were conducting their morning sea turtle nesting survey. This was the second time in just as many days… Read More

Last week, I traveled with my good friend and Vice President of Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Cheryl King, to the International Summit on Fibropapillomatosis: Global Status, Trends, And Population Impacts. The meeting was convened by the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Service Center and hosted at the Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center (IRC), on Ford Island, an islet in the center of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. I’m currently home on the island of… Read More

For those who may not be familiar, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a conservation organization based out of Juno Beach, Florida committed to the conservation of Florida’s coastal ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The center is comprised of three core competencies; sea turtle rehabilitation, education and research. The research department tends to be the least focal of the work we do at the center as the majority… Read More

Loggerhead Marinelife Center has partnered with Ocean Conservancy on their “Trash Free Seas” marine clean debris initiative. The program works on various fronts addressing the problem of marine debris, taking a holistic approach towards solutions. The initiative is based off the need for additional information in regards to the effects that ocean debris has on marine and coastal wildlife. Unfortunately, very little data exists on the amount of debris that female sea… Read More

There’s a good chance that you’ve already heard about one of the recent arrivals at LMC’s sea turtle hospital, Meghan, an olive ridley sea turtle. The turtle is receiving tremendous attention as it’s not typically found in the waters off Florida. It’s primarily found in the warm, sub-tropical and tropical waters of the South Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. In the South Atlantic, they are found along the Atlantic coasts of West… Read More

Sea turtle nesting season in SE Florida begins on March 1st and ends on October 31st. LMC biologists monitor 9.8 miles of beach from south Jupiter Island through Juno Beach. This area marks one of the most important nesting beaches in the world for loggerhead sea turtles. In addition to the loggerhead, both leatherback and green turtles nest locally. Each morning, at first light, LMC biologists hit the beach and document the… Read More

The seas finally settled down this week, allowing us to head offshore and release (what should be) our final batch of sea turtle hatchlings for the season. We boarded Jupiter Dive Center’s Republic IV and headed out the Jupiter Inlet in search of the sargassum weed line. Each year, the sea turtle hospital at LMC treats hundreds of sea turtle hatchlings that weren’t strong enough to make it offshore on their own…. Read More