Saving the oceans through conservation

Local initiatives support programs through Mote and other organizations

Mote Science Education Aquarium
Mote Science Education Aquarium - Completion of this new addition to the park is expected in 2022.

Try a fun little exercise at the next social gathering. Ask someone to name the local organizations involved in animal and sea conservation efforts. You will receive the answers you might expect such as Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium founded by Eugenie Clark. You can sense their level of community involvement if they name Save Our Seabirds with its Avian Hospital.

Every May 1 through October 31 media outlets post outdoor lighting and beach restrictions with the various organizations that gather information on turtle nesting. These organizations made up of mostly volunteers in the Gulf- front areas walk the beaches daily in an effort to give these sea creatures the best opportunity to hatch the next batch of these sea creatures.

Mote’s sea turtle programs are under permits of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Research Institute. Six reporting groups, Venice to Longboat Key: Manatee County, count loggerhead, green and leatherback nesting numbers and reported a record loggerhead 4,926 nests in 2019. Even the four leatherback nests reported created excitement among the 300 volunteers and interns involved in the activities. Leatherbacks are the largest species of turtles and protected as an endangered species.

The Executive Director of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring program Suzi Fox, reported 27,298 sea turtle hatchlings in the 2019 season. The record was set in 2018 with 35,788 hatchlings reported. These numbers are not combined in the report from Mote. She spoke on Saturday at the Center of Anna Maria Island. The Center is a non-profit focused on education and offers recreational opportunities for teens on Anna Maria Island. Saturday’s program was to promote their green initiative for fiscal profitability. Fundraising is also through events such as those on Saturday and concerts including one with Sha Na Na on December 14.

Going Green
Center on Anna Maria Island - Announced its Going Green fund drive Saturday night.

There are other conservation programs running under the radar. The Sarasota Bay Estuary program helps to maintain high water quality and habitat restoration. Since 1988, 1,600 acres of wetlands have been restored and there has been a 54 percent recovery of seagrass. The SBEP partners with local city governments to help support their goals. The Audubon Societies in Manatee and Sarasota counties are committed to protecting the environment. The Christmas bird count in Sarasota is popular among ornithologists, to be held January 4 in 2020.

Events throughout the year also bring attention to the earth and the oceans. Earth Day 2020 will be celebrated worldwide on April 22. Over 193 countries will support the Earth Day Network, founded in 1970 on college campuses in the United States. Since then Earth Day has been elevated to promote recycling programs and conservation education. World Oceans Day scheduled for June 8, 2020 draws a collaboration of countries around the globe to educate the importance of the oceans. Local events are also taking place. This upcoming Sunday the Stoked on Salt Ocean Conservation Day in Fort Lauderdale will be promoting its mission of the year, Youth Ocean Education. Groups will discuss issues from coral decay, sea life conservation and water quality.

And of course Mote also has its research and education programs throughout the year. They have long been associated with their outreach programs in shark populations, sea turtles, coral reef ecosystems and have satellites in other countries for research programs. The study of red tide in recent years has received international attention and public funding.

Plans are to continue this research at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium on City Island even after completed construction of the Mote Science Education Aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park off Interstate 75. Michael Crosby, president and CEO of Mote Marine, recently stated that the goal is to transform this area into the Silicon Valley of marine research. The new location with its five story structure on 12 acres will be more accessible to Manatee and Sarasota resident and serve as an icon for visitors travelling the interstate. Mote SEA is expected to be completed in 2022 and is seeking funds to begin construction.

Phillipe Cousteau, Jr
Phillipe Cousteau, Jr - The grandson of Jacques Cousteau delivered Ocean of Hope keynote address Saturday night at the Center on Anna Maria Island.

The Center on Anna Maria Island invited famed oceanographer Phillipe Cousteau, Jr, grandson of Jacques Cousteau, to deliver its Ocean of Hope keynote address on Saturday night. Jacques Cousteau gained world recognition for his co-development with Emile Gagnon of the Aqua-lung regulator that scuba divers use for underwater breathing. His legacy on the famed Calypso boat traveled the world to study and promote the oceans through television shows and books.

Phillipe continued his father’s work as an oceanographer, who died in an airplane crash shortly before his son was born in 1980. Now an accomplished oceanographer himself, Phillipe Jr co-stars with his wife Ashlan in the Caribbean Pirate Treasure series on the Travel Channel. He received an Emmy nomination in 2017 as host of Awesome Planet. Along with his television productions, he travels to promote education of his conservation efforts. He spoke in front of a packed arena Saturday on environmental issues and the depletion of the mangroves in southwest Florida.

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