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Marinelife Center Volunteers Clean Pier as Organization Preps for Earth Day Events

If you read the blog regularly, by now you know Loggerhead Marinelife Center is committed to promoting conservation of Florida’s coastal ecosystems. An interesting step we’ve taken is partnering with Jupiter-based dive shop Scuba Works to clean the Juno Beach Pier in April. A volunteer team of six dove the 990-foot pier, removing 98.5 pounds of trash from a circumference of 100 feet.

A significant number of the threatened and endangered sea turtles that received rehabilitation treatment at the center last year were sick or injured due to fisheries interactions. “For this reason, local fishing enthusiasts are one of the organization’s most important audiences,” said Tommy Cutt, Director of Operations, at the center. “We count on them to not only help keep our oceans beautiful, but also to help the local sea turtle population by reporting sick and injured turtles to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.”

If you would like to join Loggerhead Marinelife Center in promoting ocean conservation, a “Great American Cleanup” event sponsored by Whole Foods Market is planned for April 16th at 8:00 a.m. at Loggerhead Park in Juno Beach. The center’s Blue Friends group is bracing for the April beach cleanup to be its largest so far this year, as millions of Americans look to their neighborhood organizations for volunteer opportunities that help the environment. The Great American Cleanup will unite volunteers across the country as they beautify parks and recreation areas, clean seashores and waterways, handle recycling collections, pick up litter, plant trees and flowers, and conduct educational programs and litter-free events.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is also planning an Earth Day celebration on Friday, April 22nd. Visitors can stop by the center (14200 US Highway One, Juno Beach) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for free programs and events throughout the day. To learn more about either event, visit www.marinelife.org or call 561.627.8280.