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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

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

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

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 had the opportunity to join Hawai’i Hawksbills, Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO) and members from NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center on a mission to capture and tag Hawaiian hawksbill sea turtles. Hawksbills are extremely rare within the Hawaiian Islands. In fact, in the 2 years that I’ve lived on Maui, I’ve only observed them while assisting HWF’s, Cheryl King with beach nesting work. Up until last week, I… 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

This past week I had the opportunity to spend some time in Zakynthos, Greece, working with the local NGO, Earth, Sea & Sky. Earth, Sea and Sky was established in Zakynthos, Greece in 1993 by Yannis Vardakastanis. Yannis grew up on Zakynthos and became a full-time conservationist in 1991 after witnessing a significant change in the local marine ecosystems and sea turtle nesting behavior on the island, inspiring him to take action…. Read More