Celebrating these marvelous, yet maligned, creaturesAn important part of our mission is to encourage visitors to appreciate the less-loved animals — like sharks and rays — that call our area home. By shifting perceptions about these “scary” creatures, we open people’s eyes to the importance of protecting and conserving all wildlife.
Over the last few years, sharks and rays have taken center stage as part of our Coastal Lecture Series. Scientists from around Florida have shared their exciting shark and ray research with us during past episodes of our Coastal Lecture Series. Recordings of their presentations are linked below!
The Coastal Center will be open Monday, July 4th, 10am to 4pm.
15th ANNUAL TREASURE COAST WATERWAY CLEANUP
Saturday, July 23rd at 8am | Virtual Event: July 16th - 24th
Be the solution to pollution by volunteering for this year's Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup. Florida Oceanographic is leading the cleanup at the Stuart Causeway site and we hope you can join us! There are also additional cleanups scheduled at several locations across Martin County. If you want to get started early, you can participate in independent cleanups throughout the entire week of the event from July 16th through the 24th.
All Hands on Deck to Save SeagrassWe recently hosted members of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a discussion about current threats facing seagrass in the Indian River Lagoon. Conversations breed cooperation and understanding. The research and conservation efforts conducted by Florida Oceanographic, along with other environmental organizations and institutions along the Treasure Coast, have helped shine a light on the worsening conditions in the IRL, and help government agencies realize that the current state of water quality must change for the better.
Changing Seas: Saving Florida's Starving ManateesWe were honored to take part in the South Florida PBS series Changing Seas to help bring attention to the plight of our manatees and the seagrass beds they, and other marine species, rely on for food and habitat. You can watch the full episode, which includes an interview with Dr. Loraé Simpson, our Director of Research and Conservation, at the link below.
SENATE BILL 2508 was vetoed!On June 8th, Governor DeSantis vetoed SB2508.
This is a major victory for our environment and clean water advocates everywhere. If it had been allowed to pass, SB2508 would have sent more harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie Estuary, kept vital water from reaching the Everglades, and allowed toxic algal blooms to persist in our waterways.
Your support, along with thousands of other voices across the state, helped stop this piece of legislation from being passed. You spoke out and the Governor listened. Your passionate outpouring of support proves that when we work together for something we all believe in, we can create real change.
Thank you for supporting Florida Oceanographic and for being stewards of our environment!
SPOTLIGHTMeet Animal Care Intern Sienna Aguiar
“In my career I’d like to work with marine animals and advance their conservation, and part of that is making sure the public gets to learn about them,” says Sienna Aguiar. “This internship is exactly what I want to be doing. It’s been a very practical and inspiring experience.”
VOLUNTEER INFO SESSIONSWhether you plan on volunteering, or just want to learn a little more about Florida Oceanographic, these sessions provide an introduction to our mission of inspiring environmental stewardship of Florida's coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy.
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