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I-Spy Marine Debris – Monofilament Edition

Through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program, Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Conservation Team recently shipped off 43 MILES of monofilament fishing line for recycling! Through this recycling program, the plastic monofilament fishing line collected is melted down and reused to create tackle boxes, spools for line, fish habitats, and toys! In…

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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.    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…

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Marine Debris Sort Report May 2019

Did you know? Between 70 and 90% of all debris Loggerhead Marinelife Center removes from the beach is made of plastic. Last month, LMC removed over 536 pounds of trash from the beach, and over 89% was made of plastic. Thank you to everyone who has been helping to keep our beaches clean during sea…

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Chief Conservation Officer attends International Coastal Cleanup Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting

  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, brought 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…

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50 Piers and Counting

On Halloween day, we traveled north to Cocoa Beach to bring the Responsible Pier Initiative to its newest location. We had been working with our partners at the Brevard Zoo to organize a workshop for staff from the Sea Turtle Healing Center, the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, the Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary, and the…

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International Marine Conservation Congress

Earlier this month, Tommy and I attended the Fourth International Marine Conservation Congress hosted by the Society for Conservation Biology in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Scientists, conservationists and policy makers from around the world gathered to share their research and the methods they use to protect ocean ecosystems.   Fisheries, energy, climate, international…

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Nesting Season Tips

Yesterday (May 1) marked the beginning of nesting season across many beaches in Florida and up the Atlantic coastline. But here in Juno Beach, we are two months in – 60 leatherback nests and 92 loggerhead nests to be exact. We are lucky to share the beaches with these endangered species, but they leave us…

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Project SHIELD Reaches New Locations in Puerto Rico

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,…

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Project SHIELD

In April this year, Tommy and I spent a few days in Vieques, Puerto Rico. We received word of an old Navy dock-turned-fishing-pier that was home to several hawksbill and green sea turtles, often accidentally entangled in monofilament line wrapped around the pier pilings. So, we packed our Responsible Pier Initiative signage and took our…

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