Responsible Pier Initiative
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.
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.
There are 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.