Four South Florida counties - Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade - are set to apply Loggerhead Marinelife Center's latest conservation project, the non-profit Balloon Ban
. The Balloon Ban calls for these counties to ban balloons from places like town beaches and parks in hope to reduce the amount of marine debris that enters our oceans every day.
Every day balloons are released either accidentally or purposefully and many unfortunately find their way to the ocean. Once in the ocean, marine life - such as sea turtles - can either become entangled or ingest the marine debris and can become sick or die from consumption or entanglement.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center used Juno Beach's Loggerhead Park as a one-year trial to see how many balloons were collected and how many marine animals were affected by them.
"Our hope is that the Balloon Ban will help people realize just how much of an effect pollution has on the ocean," said Tommy Cutt, LMC's chief conservation office. "The message really hits home when people see a sea turtle being treated for accidentally ingesting a balloon. Fortunately, we have a viable solution. People can make a difference by recognizing and implementing the ban to make an impact in the community." - Tommy Cutt
If your city, town, or county is not yet on board with the Balloon Ban and you are interested in partnering with LMC to ban balloons in designation locations:
Contact Tommy Cutt at (561) 627-8280 ext. 122