Does fishing pier environmental footprint influence sea turtle occupancy and bycatch?

•	Incidental sea turtle hookings at fishing piers in northwest Florida are a prevalent issue.
•	The greatest number of C. mydas observations and bycatch have occurred at Navarre Beach Fishing Pier.
•	Through continued study of these variables and other environmental factors, sea turtle usage of piers as habitats will be better understood.
•	The results of this study will also be used to inform sea turtle bycatch mitigation measures at fishing piers.
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Abstract/Description: • Incidental sea turtle hookings at fishing piers in northwest Florida are a prevalent issue. • The greatest number of C. mydas observations and bycatch have occurred at Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. • Through continued study of these variables and other environmental factors, sea turtle usage of piers as habitats will be better understood. • The results of this study will also be used to inform sea turtle bycatch mitigation measures at fishing piers.
Subject(s): Florida fishing piers
Undergraduate Research
Sea turtle habitats
Date Issued: 2021