Marine Resources Council: Science to Action
MRC’s mission is to improve water quality and to protect and restore the fish and wildlife resources of the Indian River Lagoon, coastal waters, inshore reefs, and the watershed by advocating and using sound science, education and the involvement of the public at large. Find out more.
MRC’s 2020 Annual Report celebrates 30-plus years of using science, education, and public involvement to protect and restore the Indian River Lagoon. Our team took the pandemic challenge and ran with it, growing stronger, more efficient, and highly adaptive in order to successfully complete projects. Live webinars, e-learning school lessons, the LagoonWatch volunteer water quality network, the IRL Report Card, shoreline restoration, mangrove sales, measuring muck depths — it’s been a busy year! We invite you to browse our report — and get involved!
Is the Lagoon getting better? Thanks to donations from community members, MRC, in conjunction with our scientific partners, has conducted the first comprehensive, lagoon-wide ecological health assessment of the Indian River Lagoon. MRC’s IRL Report Card assembles the most accurate data of lagoon conditions to date. Read more.
To accommodate online learning environments, Marine Resources Council is now offering FREE classroom lessons for grades 3–6 through our Virtual Learning program! We have adapted our classroom presentations into four individual programs, which provide opportunities for students to learn about the ecology of coastal estuaries including the Indian River Lagoon, pollution impacts, food chains, and mangrove restoration. Find out more.
Marine Resources Council is building momentum and support for better stormwater management using proven Low-Impact Development techniques. With support from twenty partners, MRC has sent letters to over 120 local and state leaders. Find out more.
Skip the Fertilizer to Protect the Waters That Make Florida Fun
The partners of the Be Floridian Now fertilizer education campaign remind residents of the Indian River Lagoon watershed that you can’t apply nitrogen or phosphorous to from June 1–September 30. Find out more.
Show your support of MRC’s Ted Moorhead Lagoon House Learning Center and honor your loved ones through the purchase of engraved leaves to be displayed on the Lagoon House “Mangrove Giving Tree” and our “Virtual Giving Tree.” Read more.
Marine Resources Council stands for the Indian River Lagoon and speaks from the position of sound science and innovation. Our voices have been heard in local councils as well as legislative halls. Join us and lend your voice to the lagoon. Read more.
The Indian River Lagoon is an internationally renowned estuary that supports tremendous biodiversity as well as world-class recreational and commercial fisheries. Every year, the IRL brings $3.7 Billion to the regional economy, providing 15,000 jobs and recreational opportunities for 11 million people. Recent algal “superblooms” in the IRL have contributed to the loss of 47,000 acres of sea grasses as well as hundreds of manatees, dolphins, and pelicans. The ecosystem may be approaching a tipping point from which it may never recover. Worldwide news is covering the death of our estuary. The local economy is at risk as well as the quality of life for the residents who live and work on the IRL. Residents, businesses, and agencies are seeking solutions, things they can do to help restore the estuary.
Click here for simple things you can do every day to help restore the Indian River Lagoon.
Donate now and become a member of Marine Resources Council. Or consider a monthly sponsorship of $10.00–$100/month to sustain our Lunch & Learn webinars, water quality monitoring locations, or public education workshops.