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 Katie O’Hara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Responsible Pier Initiative consists of four core components
Above the water-line:
1. Educational workshops conducted for fishing pier first responders
2. Educational signage and rescue nets provided to participating fishing piers
3. Pollution prevention measures on participating fishing piers
Below the water-line:
4. Underwater cleaning beneath participating fishing piers and surrounding areas on a regular basis
All of the listed piers abide by the following guidelines:
- If a sea turtle is accidentally hooked or entangled, call your local responders.
- Recycle used monofilament fishing line in PVC tubes.
- Use sea turtle-safe lighting during nesting season.
- Properly dispose of all trash, recyclables, and cigarette butts.
- Do not leave fish on the deck.
|Juno Beach Fishing Pier, Juno Beach||North Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier, St. Petersburg|
|Lake Worth Pier, Lake Worth||South Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier, Palmetto|
|Dania Beach Pier, Dania Beach||Williams Fishing Pier, Riverview|
|Navarre Beach Pier, Navarre||Ft. DeSoto Park Bay Pier, Tierra Verde|
|Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier, Pensacola Beach||Ft. DeSoto Park Gulf Pier, Tierra Verde|
|Gulf Islands National Seashore Pier, Pensacola Beach||Cocoa Beach Pier, Cocoa Beach|
|Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier, Fort Walton Beach||Phil Foster Park Pier, Riviera Beach|
|Russell-Fields City Pier, Panama City Beach||Port Canaveral/Jetty Park Pier, Port Canaveral|
|MB Miller Pier, Panama City Beach||VIRGINIA|
|St. Andrews State Park Piers, Panama City||Little Island Fishing Pier, Virginia Beach|
|Mexico Beach Pier, Mexico Beach||Virginia Beach Fishing Pier, Virginia Beach|
|Fernandina Harbor Marina, Fernandina Beach||Lynnhaven Inlet Fishing Pier, Virginia Beach|
|Mashes Island Park, Panacea||Ocean View Fishing Pier, Norfolk|
|St. Marks City Dock, St. Marks||Buckroe Fishing Pier, Hampton|
|Woolley Park Fishing Pier, Panacea||Sea Gull Fishing Pier, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel|
|Eastpoint Fishing Pier, St. George Island||Engineers Wharf Fishing Pier, Hampton|
|St. George Island Fishing Pier, St. George Island||TEXAS|
|10 Foot Hole (Appalachia Yacht Basin), Apalachicola||Horace Caldwell Pier, Port Aransas Beach|
|Bald Point State Park, Alligator Point||Bob Hall Pier, Corpus Christi|
|Marine Street Dock, Carrabelle||Galveston Fishing Pier, Galveston|
|Fort Boat Ramp, Crawfordville||61st Street Fishing Pier, Galveston|
|Ochlockonee Bay Boat Ramp, Panacea||Seawolf Park, Galveston|
|Pier 60, Clearwater Beach|| PUERTO RICO
|Deerfield International Fishing Pier, Deerfield Beach||Mosquito Pier, Vieques|
|Fort Clinch Fishing Pier, Fernandina Beach||Old San Juan Pier, Old San Juan|
|Melody Lane Fishing Pier, Ft. Pierce||Ceiba Piers, Ceiba|
|Anglin’s Fishing Pier, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea||NORTH CAROLINA|
|FDOT Pier, Jupiter||Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head|
|Sawfish Bay Park, Jupiter|
There are more than 50 participating piers in the RPI.
RESCUED SEA TURTLES
The RPI has facilitated the rescue of 224 sea turtles.
MARINE DEBRIS REMOVED
Over 8,000 lbs. of marine debris has been removed from the area, surrounding participating piers.