Photo Credit: Laura Rauscher
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July 2022
Mid-year update from Dr. Souto
MRC Executive Director, Dr. Leesa Souto, shares a 2022 mid-year update, including highlights from the first half of the year and looking towards events in the Fall and Winter.
Restoring MRC's Shoreline
MRC partnered with IDEAS for Us, a global, environmental nonprofit based in Orlando, to restore a 50 foot section of our shoreline. Through MRC's Concrete Creations project, volunteers created 26 oyster prisms, 20 oyster volcanoes and 20 mangrove anchors. As opposed to oyster bags or mats which are made of plastic, these Concrete Creations are completely biodegradable and will not contribute to plastic pollution in the lagoon as they break down over the years. Volunteers from MRC and IDEAS for Us came out on July 2 to deploy all these restoration tools, as well as plant over 40 mangroves in the newly protected area. Florida Oceanographic Society and MRC staff will be monitoring the site to measure land accretion and mangrove growth. A huge thank you to all who helped make this project happen! Big shout out to Malcom Denemark of Florida Today for the great photojournalism - click below to see!
Pharmaceuticals in Florida's Fish
According to a recent study by Florida International University, pharmaceuticals such as antidepressants and blood pressure medication have made their way into the blood and tissues of bonefish. For three years researchers collected and analyzed samples from 93 bonefish in Biscayne Bay and the Keys, finding that each fish had an average of seven pharmaceuticals present. These fish are our coastal water's canary in the coal mine, indicating that there is a serious problem with wastewater infrastructure.

Remember, the safest way to dispose of unused or expired drugs is through a drug take back program! Check for participation with your local pharmacy, grocery store or medical center.
MRC featured in Indian River Magazine
Marine Resources Council recently received two shout outs in Indian River Magazine! The two articles feature MRC Board Vice Chairman, Jim Moir, for his outstanding service to the lagoon, and MRC's right whale superstars, Julie Albert and Joel Cohen, on the conservation of the species. Follow the links below for more.
LagoonWatch needs your help!
Last month's Volunteer of the Month, Robert Hardy, will be out of commission for the next 4-6 months and unable to do both his weekly LagoonWatch monitoring at Turkey Creek Sanctuary and collecting the twice monthly water samples for our bacteria sampling program at 4 different locations on Turkey Creek.

We are looking for someone who would be interested in taking over for the short-term for either activity. Please consider helping the lagoon by becoming involved with this 30-year volunteer Citizen Scientist program. We (and the lagoon) could really use your help.

LagoonWatch is also looking to expand its monitoring coverage of the lagoon. We have had several monitors step down in the past two months. The stretch of US-1 from Palm Bay down to the Sebastian River is in need of one or more volunteers.

Please check out the LagoonWatch webpage for more information. You can reach Kara Woods, LagoonWatch Coordinator at kara@mrcirl.org.
Report Manatee Sightings to Save The Manatee Club
Do you live on the lagoon and love to look for manatees? Save the Manatee Club has just released a new feature on their website to help researchers track manatees - the manatee sighting form! Become a citizen scientist by filling out the form, providing a photo or video, and contributing to the Manatee Individual Photoidentification database (MIPS). Please note, this form is NOT to report sick or injured manatees - if you see a manatee that looks sick or injured, report to FWC at 1-888-404-3922.
Limited Space Remains for 2022 Campers!
Earth to Sky week (August 1-5) only has a few spaces left! Campers will dissect squid while learning about the deep sea, care for mangroves while learning to care for the coast, travel to Turkey Creek and a spoil island to learn about Florida's unique ecosystems, and finally take off to astronaut training camp to learn about our sky and beyond!

Survivor week (July 13-17) has ONE space available!

Detailed camp descriptions, daily schedules, and registration links are available on our website. If you have any further questions feel free to contact Allison McGinley (allison@mrcirl.org) or Bri Forté (bri@mrcirl.org). We hope to see you this summer!
Indian River Lagoon Annual Photo Contest
The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program is seeking lagoon-related photographs for publication in its 2023 Indian River Lagoon Calendar. Five broad categories of photos will be accepted: “Working and Playing on the Lagoon”, “Lagoon Plants and Animals”, “Scenic”, "Living Lagoon-Friendly", and “Volunteering to Help the Lagoon”. See the button below for official rules, requirements and instructions on how to submit your photograph!
Thomas
Thomas joined MRC as a volunteer and donor in 2019. He has dabbled in countless projects such as rain barrel workshops, LagoonWatch, acquiring satellite imagery of the Lagoon House, and photographing coastal cleanups. Most notably is Thomas' dedication to our mangrove program. In addition to caring for 50 of MRC's mangroves at home, Thomas has also regularly attended mangrove workshops, and has donated and assembled a storage shed for our Sebastian nursery.

Thomas has been a software engineer in Brevard since 2007. As an avid fisherman, kayaker and photographer, Thomas saw the effects of dying seagrass and fish kills from algae blooms firsthand, and was inspired by MRC's mission to ensure a healthier for the IRL. Thank you, Thomas!
Mangrove Fast Facts - Share the Science!
  • Mangroves are highly productive carbon sinks, rivaling old growth forests (Ruth et al. 2010). The blue carbon initiative credits mangroves as being 10 times more efficient at trapping carbon than land systems!
  • Mangroves are critical green infrastructure around the globe. A recent study showed that in Florida, mangroves prevented $1.5 billion in direct flood damages and protected over half a million people during Hurricane Irma in 2017. 
  • Mangroves are recreationally and commercially essential for healthy fisheries. In Florida, as an estimated 75% of big game fish and 90% of commercial species are dependent on mangroves at some stage of their lives for habitat. 
The Lagoon House is open to the public by appointment only

Call us at 321-725-7775 to schedule an appointment
Events' Calendar
July 11 - Summer Camp week 5 - Sea Perch
July 12 - Virtual Lunch and Learn - Samson's Island
July 18 - Summer Camp week 6 - Survivor
July 25 - Summer Camp week 7 - Circle of Life
August 1 - Summer Camp week 8 - Earth to Sky - Final week!
Marine Resources Council
3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, FL 3905 | (321) 725-7775 | www.SaveTheIRL.org