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3 North Carolina Piers Welcomed to the Responsible Pier Initiative!

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is pleased to welcome three new partners to our Responsible Pier Initiative Program—North Carolina’s Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, and Sunset Beach fishing piers.   

Members of the Holden Beach Pier Sea Turtle Watch attend RPI training.
Sunset and Ocean Isle Beach Pier Sea Turtle Watch Members attend RPI training.

With these new partners, the Responsible Pier Initiative now encompasses 68 fishing piers in the US (including Puerto Rico) working collaboratively with pier anglers to rescue accidentally hooked or entangled sea turtles. 

LMC’s Conservation Department, recently traveled to North Carolina to conduct on-site RPI pier trainings. Three local turtle rescue groups–the Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program, Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization, and Sunset Beach Turtle Watch—were all in attendance and are ready in the event of a sea turtle hooked on one of their piers. 

RPI hands-on sea turtle rescue training

New friendships were also established with a wonderful group of people in North Carolina who share LMC’s mission to protect sea turtles.