December 2023

By Jim Moir
Chair, Board of Directors
Your Council is Making Important Progress
And We've Selected Our Next Executive Director
Marine Resources Council (MRC) is a group of thousands of people working together to chart a SEA Change: Science + Education + Advocacy.

Together, we’re making important progress on behalf of one of our Earth’s most valuable natural treasures: The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) coastal community of east central Florida. As another year draws to a close, please know:

  • When you make an MRC donation of any amount, or purchase goods or services, you become an annual member, receive a personal thank you and love our lagoon sticker.
  • When you make a major donation or purchase of $1,000 or more you become a Friends of the IRL annual member and receive special thanks and recognition throughout the year.
  • You may donate anonymously by indicating so when you give.
  • Donate online here, or mail your donation to the address that follows.

MRC and its many sister organizations are guided by the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, its Council, and its Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan. The IRL is one of only 28 U.S. estuaries of national significance.
We're All in This Steamboat Together
MRC is charting a course to a better, more balanced future. 

As we steam toward that healthier horizon, we need to remember that we are all in the same riverboat together. To get to that better, more balanced future, environmentalists will need to work alongside economists. Activists alongside the agricultural industry. Universities will need to be united in purpose. Polluters will need to convert to cleaner practices. Politicians will need to uphold and enforce the laws that they pass. Together we will need to find a new balance and protect the IRL, one of the most diverse natural habitats anywhere on our planet.

In 2024, you can help restore hope by getting onboard for a year-long collaborative community cruise toward that shared vision, featuring the 21st IRL Action Assembly, presented by MRC and hosted by Florida Institute of Technology, thanks to initial grant funding from Northrop Grumman. 

You will be hearing much more about this year-long collaborative initiative in the months ahead. We hope you will get onboard.
MRC Executive Director Mick Thomas Starts January 2
Geologist Mick Thomas has been named the new Executive Director of Marine Resources Council (MRC), a science-based non-profit organization founded in 1990 that seeks to restore balance to the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) coastal community of east central Florida. Thomas will start his new position January 2, 2024 and has visited east central Florida throughout his life.  
Most recently administrator of the minerals, navigable waters, and oil and gas division at the Idaho Department of Lands, he also served as secretary to the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.   
He was selected from a pool of 200 applicants, according to MRC Chair Jim Moir, its interim executive director, who has served with its board of directors for about 20 years, and was on the selection committee that recommended Thomas as its next executive director. “Mick is passionate about enabling the Indian River Lagoon coastal community of east central Florida to be safe, responsible and sustainable,” said Moir.  
“East central Florida is a porous landscape of karst limestone,” notes Thomas. “Our surface water and groundwater are closely linked, allowing stormwater and other runoff to mix with pollutants and infiltrate the ground, as well as reach the lagoon, quickly unless we responsibly manage its watershed.”
Mick is a native of southwest Missouri and completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in geochemistry at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Prior to his work in Idaho he was senior geologist and head of mineral resources at the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources and secretary to its commission. 
As MRC Executive Director Thomas will oversee a crew of staff and contractors administering science, education, and advocacy initiatives made possible by MRC annual member donors, and in collaboration with various east central Florida stakeholders and partners. The lagoon is one of only 28 estuaries of national significance and one of most diverse habitats in North America. The IRL National Estuary Program, headquartered in Sebastian, Florida, produces and administers the IRL Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan, which guides the region.
In his spare time, Thomas enjoys restoring his 1961 International Harvester Scout 80 and spending time with family. He and his wife have five grown children and will make their new home not far from MRC headquarters at Ted Moorhead Lagoon House, atop Ais Lookout Point, overlooking the lagoon in the Bayfront district of Palm Bay, Florida.
Special thanks to our Major Donors
MRC is located at Ted Moorhead Lagoon House

Call 321.725.7775 if you care to visit or arrange a tour
Events Calendar
December 1 - Muck-rete Paver Installation
December 5 - Lagoon at Noon: Right Whale Update 2023
December 7 - Concrete Creations Workshop
December 9 - Mangrove Workshop
December 14 - Concrete Creations Workshop
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 31 - New Year's Eve
Marine Resources Council
3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, FL 3905 | (321) 725-7775 |