Responsible Pier Initiative - RPI

The Responsible Pier Initiative is a first-of-its-kind program designed as a collaborative tool to work directly with fishermen and fishing piers. The purpose of these efforts is to provide first-responders on fishing piers with the necessary resources to respond effectively to sea turtle injuries and strandings on or around fishing piers. If interested in bringing the RPI to a pier near you, please contact Valerie Nicole Tovar at


Each year, thousands of sea turtles are accidentally hooked or become entangled as the result of recreational fishing. Fearing prosecution and negative attention, anglers often cut their line rather than attempt to assist with rescue efforts.

LMC focuses our conservation efforts on education and providing the necessary tools and training for anglers to help us, help save sea turtles.


Partnering Organizations

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Sunset Beach Turtle Watch