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How We Got Started
The Treasure Coast is home to many coastal environmental gems including high density nesting beaches, the Indian River Lagoon, and various natural and artificial reefs which are important for recreational and commercial fishing enterprises. However, these ecosystems have become stressed as the area develops and the human population rises.
Danger to Sea Turtles
There are many threats to sea turtles and their habitats including light pollution, plastic and general litter, and improper human use of beaches.
Lionfish are becoming the most wide-spread invasive species in the world. Florida’s coastal habitats are threatened by their presence due to having no local predators to keep their population under control.
A Lagoon in Distress
The Indian River Lagoon is the most biodiverse estuary in North America. The largest threat to this 156-mile body of water is the reduced water quality from non-point source pollution, man-made hydrologic distribution, loss of habitat, and an increase in invasive species.
Sea Turtle Experiences
We use education and guided sea turtle interactions to minimize threats like light on the beach and plastic debris. We also promote new human habits that will not negatively affect the environment, and conduct cleanups to reduce the amount of litter.
Photo © Joe Rimkus Jr.
Sebastian Lionfish Fest
Every year an incredibly fun event is held to promote the awareness of these predators. SLF is a fishing tourney, a cook-off, and educational event all in one! Eating lionfish is the best way we can reduce their threatening populations.
Photo © LP Creative Media
Save The Lagoon
To restore the IRL’s water quality we are working every angle: litter cleanups, stormwater pollution education, living shoreline restoration including oyster recycling, removal of invasive species, and all around promoting the health of the Lagoon.
Kendra Cope M.S.
Sherri Davis M.B.A.
Board of Director experience includes Vice President of Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance (LOWA) in 2005-2008 and Treasurer of the Missouri Floodplain and Storm-water Managers Association (MFSMA) in 2007-2008.
Mari Shiel - Marketing Advisor
Penny Tranchilla - Marketing Advisor
Lisa Moreland - Educational Advisor
Laurie Connelly - Community Advisor
Kate Maingot - Fundraising Advisor
Todd Hopkins - Scientific Advisor
Quintin Bergman - Scientific Advisor
Cori McWilliams - Youth Advisor
Olivia Lazorik - Youth Advisor
New Partnerships & Funding
We are proud recipients of a NEP grant to fund our new shuck n share program and the Endless Summer License plate funding to grow and enhance out cleanup effort!
2019 Lionfish Fest
In 2019 we removed 201 lionfish through our tourney, over 600 people enjoyed the festival, and Mobay Grill won Favorite Dish with their Jerk Lionfish.
A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the State. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.