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 New 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
Attention High School Students!

MRC is hosting an Indian River Lagoon STEM Immersion Summer Camp! Campers will be  collecting and analyzing muck samples through out the Indian River Lagoon.  If you are looking for an opportunity to gain field experience look here for more information!

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 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.

Email with questions

The contest deadline is May 31, 2015!
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 Businesses! 

If you or your business owners are interested in becoming a Certified Green Business, click here to print an application form:
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:
Log Your Whale Hours
Contact Julie
Whale Info
Habitat Restoration Program:

We are looking forward to this weekend's restoration projects! Check out Volunteer Opportunities below to sign up.
Right Whale Conservation Program:

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

Sightings up north:

A young female right whale, #3999, was recently struck by a boat in Cape Cod Bay while as many as 80 right whales gathered there to feed.  The whale has multiple propeller cuts on the top of her head and across her blowholes.  Within days of a boater's report of striking a whale, surveyors found #3999 with fresh propeller cuts.  The long-term prognosis is unknown, but the whale seems to be feeding.  Normally, right whales leave Cape Cod Bay by the end of April, but this year the whales extended their stay due to abundant food in the area.  With the opening of the commercial fishing season, there are whales and increased boating activity in Cape Cod Bay that can lead to more whale/human interactions than usual.  Just like off the coast of Florida, boaters are urged to slow down in right whale critical habitat areas during whale season.  

The right whale advisory in Cape Cod Bay was lifted on May 15th. The right whales have moved out of Cape Cod Bay and have gone elsewhere. Find more information here.
Education Program:

Indian River Lagoon STEM Immersion High School summer camp opportunity at

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity for 2 Brevard County High School students. Follow link for more information.

The Green Business Program application can be found online 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 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 camp students out to collect muck and sediment samples in the Lagoon.  Locations vary.
Email Nick
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