Protecting our coastal habitats through education and connecting people with the environment.
Skip the straw – Save a turtle!
Americans on average use 500 million straws every DAY, this plastic stays in our environment forever. Straws are in the top ten list of marine debris every year collected by the International Coastal Cleanup.
Straws are creating a huge threat in our marine ecosystems. As a tool meant to be disposed after one use, millions of straws find their way lost to the ocean and local waterways. From large marine mammals down to the bottom of the food chain, the creatures we love are affected by this plastic pollution in their habitat.
Take a pledge to Skip the Straw: remove them from your lifestyle and encourage others to do the same. Use a metal or reusable straw or simply refuse straws at restaurants.
CCinc has partnered with Ocean Conservancy’s Skip the Straw campaign and are working together to remove plastic straws and protect the environment.
The Treasure Coast is the 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 habitats are stressed as the population in these areas grow and develop.
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.
Coastal Connections, Inc. is here to aid in the restoration of the IRL’s water quality. Acts such as litter cleanups, stormwater pollution education, living shoreline restoration, Lionfish removal, and promoting the health of the Lagoon to our local communities.
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 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.
The Sebastian Lionfish Fest is Coming Back!
Sunday May 20th
Board of Directors
Kendra Cope M.S.
I like tuttles 🐢 and dolphins 🐬
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