An exciting program called the Responsible Pier Initiative has come to Galveston! This program is managed by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Florida. Our friends at Turtle Island Restoration Network, NOAA, the Galveston Parks Board, Texas Parks and Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife and Texas A & M Galveston all played a role in the installation of the signs yesterday and making this program happen.

The program aims to protect sea turtles by increasing awareness of those people fishing on piers of what to do in the event they accidentally catch a turtle. This is done through training programs with pier managers and sea turtle biologists as well as installing informational signage on participating piers.

Pier Signs in Galveston detailing how to help sea turtles

Pier Signs in Galveston detailing how to help sea turtles

Yesterday, 3 piers in Galveston joined the effort and new signage was installed to alert people fishing what to do if they catch a turtle. The piers include Seawolf Park, 61st Street Pier and Galveston Island Fishing Pier.

More signage detailing how to help sea turtles if they are accidentally caught on your fishing line

More signage detailing how to help sea turtles if they are accidentally caught on your fishing line

The signs were printed in English and Spanish and can now be seen the next time you visit one of these piers!

A hoop net is included for piers participating in this effort so sea turtles can safely be brought onto the shore if accidentally caught

A hoop net is included for piers participating in this effort so sea turtles can safely be brought onto the shore if accidentally caught

Partners from various local organizations who helped make this signage possible posed for a picture at Seawolf Park!

Partners from various local organizations who helped make this signage possible posed for a picture at Seawolf Park!

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