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How We Got Started
Coastal Connections, Inc. was created in 2017 to foster a connection between people and the coastal wildlife by restoring the function and beauty of our coastal habitats through education, research, and conservation interactions. Individuals of all ages from schools, community groups, tourists, and more will get to participate in oyster recycling, turtle digs, dune plantings, turtle releases, coastal cleanups, environmental art projects, the locally famous Sebastian Lionfish Fest, and much more!
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 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.
Board of Directors
Kendra Cope M.S.
CCinc is excited to announce multiple new partnerships in its first year; including Ocean Conservancy, the Youth Sailing Foundation, Sea Turtle Real Estate, and Indian River County.
Coming September 2018, CCinc will have a store on Oceandrive in Vero Beach FL thanks to our partners at Sea Turtle Real Estate!
2018 Lionfish Fest
CCinc had a successful first year hosting SLF with a total of 1252 lionfish removed for the event and more than 500 attendees.
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.