Earth day 2022 marked the kickoff of conservation efforts in Brevard County with Starbrite and CAA Florida on Project Seasafe. Marker 24 Marina hosted this event for the Inaugural Clean Water Collective. We are happy to be part of the team that helped place over 100,000 clams alongside 350 newly planted juvenile mangroves throughout the weekend! These efforts are towards improving the habitat and water quality of the struggling Indian River Lagoon system, including the Banana River, where Marker 24 Marina is located.
The Indian River Lagoon includes Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River, and the Indian River on the North Atlantic Coast of Florida. This coast is one of North America’s most diverse estuaries. Including over 2100 species of plants and 2200 animals. The lagoon suffers from excess nutrients and has issues with natural water flow from development in the area, including causeways. This has triggered an enormous build-up of algae which is the root of declining beds of seagrass that were once nurseries and feeding grounds for fish, invertebrates, and larger animals like dolphins and nearly a 1/3 of the nation’s manatee population.
Indian River Lagoon Clam Restoration Project
UF Whitney Labs
“We are very excited to jump in the water and get involved hands-on in these grass-roots initiatives that are working hard to find creative, yet practical solutions to the many water-quality issues facing all waterways in Florida and the US in general. Our personal goal for the SeaSafe brand is that it is not just a sticker on our bottles trying to be more “green,” but a true effort to clean up the waterways that we love to fish and play in, too.”
– Greg Dornau, Executive Vice President, Star Brite