May 6, 2015

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Welcome to the Marine Resources Council's E~Newsletter, your one stop shop for recent updates on all our programs and news about the Indian River Lagoon (IRL).

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MRC Seeking Development Director
The Marine Resources Council of East Florida (MRC) is seeking a highly motivated individual with an aptitude for public relations, strong fundraising skills, and a passion for protecting the Indian River Lagoon coastal estuary. More information linked here . 
Apply Here
Habitat Restoration Program
  • Mangrove Potting
  • Invasive Species Removal
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Future projects
  • Outreach
Habitat Restoration Info
Contact Nick
Lagoon Watch Info
Education Program
  • Presentations
  • Summer Camp
  • Lagoon Lifesavers
  • Green Business
  • E-Newsletter
  • Brown Bag
Contact Maria
Schedule a Presentation
Right Whale Conservation
  • Whale Season Nov-April
  • Off Season May-Oct
  • Presentations
  • Classes
  • Whale Watchers
 Report Sightings:1-888-979-4253 
Log Your Whale Hours
Contact Julie
Whale Info
Habitat Restoration Program:

Thank you to all of our volunteers for helping plant mangroves, restore shorelines, and remove invasive species!  Scroll down for more volunteer opportunities!  Students – remember these hours count as volunteer hours for school.
Right Whale Conservation Program:

Right whale season has ended. Atlantic right whales have begun the migration back up north to Cape Cod. We expect their return to the south in late November.

Sightings up north:
The right whale named Kingfisher was sighted by the New England Aquarium survey team about 30 nm south of Martha's Vineyard on April 26th!  A regular visitor to Florida in the wintertime, Kingfisher wasn't spotted in the southeast during the 2015 calving season.  He's been chronically entangled since 2004, but is doing well.  His entanglement is not considered life-threatening. 
Education Program:

The first Lagoon Lifesavers Volunteer Training Workshop will be held Saturday, May 9, at the Ted Moorhead Lagoon House at 1:00 pm. This training provides presentation skills and materials to teach community groups about the Indian River Lagoon. Registration for May 9 is full, but additional workshops will be scheduled. Please contact Maria Lombardo to receive information on future workshop dates.

The Green Business Program has launched and the application can be found online at

If you are interested in becoming a certified Green Business or would like to become a Green Business volunteer, please contact Maria Lombardo at
Volunteer Opportunities
We have a new volunteer online program. Make sure you fill out the online application or email us to aquire your username and pin number! Help our volunteer office go paperless!
Become a Volunteer
VicNet Login
May 9
Mangrove Potting
Lagoon House, Palm Bay

May 22 and 23
Trail Blazing
Invasive Plant Removal

Greenway Preserve, Jupiter Island
Log Your Hours
Email Nick
STEM Summer Camp Boat Volunteers Needed
June 15-19 and June 22 & 23
June 29-July 3 and July 6 & 7

Seeking boat volunteers to take high school summer camps students out to collect muck and sediment samples in the Lagoon.  Locations vary.
Email Nick
Immersion Summer Camp

for High School Students

Muck Toxicity Testing

Session 1: June 15-26 (Mon-Fri)
Session 2: June 29-July 10 (Mon-Fri)
Get in the field taking sound scientific data!
You will be on the water taking muck samples and water quality samples.

You will also spend time in the lab analyzing your samples and running microtoxicity tests.

Learn how muck affects our lagoon
and so much more!
Apply Here
Attention Boat Owners!

MRC needs boats for our Indian River Lagoon STEM Immersion Summer Camp! If you own a boat and are interested in helping us during the months of June and July please contact Nicholas F. Sanzone

Attention High School Students!

Apply now for an MRC summer internship.

MRC will hire two summer interns that work up to 40 hours per week for 8 weeks. As an intern you will get to work hands-on in the field doing mangrove gardening and shoreline restoration, community outreach and education,  sample collection and analysis, data entry and GIS training, exhibit maintenance and creation, and greet Lagoon House visitors.
Attention Educators!

Enroll now
in the new
Indian River Lagoon
Teacher Training Workshop!
Four days only:
June 8-11

All educators within Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin Counties are eligible to attend. The material covered during this four-day workshop will be applicable to those teaching middle and high school students.

Please visit
 for more information.


Attention Photographers! 

The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program is seeking lagoon-related photographs for publication in its 2016 Indian River Lagoon Calendar. Please visit for the link detailing the contest rules and application.

The contest deadline is May 31, 2015!
Attention Businesses! 

If you or your business owners are interested in becoming a Certified Green Business, click here to print an application form:

Thank you Tom Franklin and Randy Penn from Sarasota County Green Business Partnership for your help and guidance as we begin our exciting new program!

Attention Community!

Schedule an Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program presentation for your organization's next meeting!

Education Coordinator: 
Maria Lombardo

Education Assistant:
Stefanie Jansson

Twitter: @IRLNEP_EDU


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