On Sunday, Tommy and I began our journey to Lima, Peru to present the Responsible Pier Initiative and Project Shield at the 36th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.

On our way, we stopped in Puerto Rico to install signage in two new locations. The first, a fishing pier in Old San Juan, is located in a tourism destination that attracts millions of visitors each year. Thanks to our collaborators at Puerto Rico’s Departmento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales (DRNA), the pier is now home to a Responsible Pier Initiative sign and a monofilament recycling tube.

Gladys, our partner from Black Beard Sports in Vieques, met us in San Juan and drove us to our second location, the recently opened Black Beard shop in Ceiba, a small town on the east side of the island. Along the way, she pointed out some of the coast’s most popular beaches and fishing spots and shared stories of teaching hundreds of resident high school students about the local wildlife she spends so much time studying.