Monday, April 14, 2014
Trash Free Seas
This email was sent to the Don Pedro and Knight Island Sea Turtle Patrol, but anyone who walks the beach can participate by monitoring trash accumulation on our shoreline:
program works on various fronts
addressing the problem of marine debris,
taking a holistic approach towards solutions. We are just beginning to
understand the effects of ocean trash on marine wildlife and know that sea
turtles are often disproportionately affected by plastic pollution and other
debris while in the water and on the beach. Very little research and data exist
on the amount and type of trash that female sea turtles face when nesting and
also what debris obstacles their hatchlings must overcome in their trek to the
sea. We are reaching out regarding a potential collaboration with
Don Pedro/Knight Island Sea Turtle Patrol to monitor beach debris in conjunction
with existing sea turtle monitoring efforts. Trash Free Seas
This past summer, Ocean Conservancy partnered with the Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project in North Carolina to obtain marine debris data in existing sea turtle monitoring transects patrolled by volunteers each morning. We equipped volunteers with ocean trash educational materials and our simple marine debris monitoring data form, which they utilized to document and remove debris. The results were quite impressive, and we’re in the process of analyzing the relationship between nesting success/false crawls and debris density.
As we look toward the 2014 nesting season, we’re planning to expand the geographic scope of this project throughout the southeastern
. Moreover the United States program sees great potential in
conducting additional, more robust monitoring along some of Trash Free Seas ’s protected shorelines. As one of
the go-to authorities for sea turtles in Florida , we would value the opportunity
to chat further about a potential collaboration with your organization during
the 2014 nesting season. Florida
If you are interested in learning more about this project, we would love to speak with you further on how we might collaborate. We understand that sea turtle nest monitoring already requires a substantial amount of your time and attention and know that existing monitoring regimens takes top priority. We believe this is an opportunity that will benefit both sea turtle conservation efforts and the investigation into how we might prevent trash from entering our ocean and beaches in the first place.
Please see the attached document [CLICK HERE] which briefly describes the project and outlines how volunteers can contribute. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your consideration.
Special Projects Assistant