Dockside Discovery and Marina Cleanup - Huge success!!!
GTMNERR’s summer Conservation Camp and Blue Ocean Sails has partnered together, along with the support of Flagler College’s Dr Ed McGinley, to provide a Dockside Discovery experience coupled with a Marina Cleanup at Conch HouseMarina, Wed, June 5th.
Seven GTMNERR summer campers, ages 13-15, will be treated to a marina tour hosted by Blue Ocean Sails founders, Mike and Cindy Alyea, where they will discuss and explore marine science topics such as Black Mangrove migration, coastal engineering and hardening, living shorelines, carbon cycle, ocean acidification, climate change, sea level rise, Florida’s Clean Marina Program (CMP) and Clean Boater Program, and take an in depth tour of ‘Sea Breeze’, Blue Ocean Sails sailing vessel used in support of local marine science programs.
In the morning session, GTMNERR summer campers will conduct a supervised marina cleanup focusing on plastics pollution where they will collect and remove both macro and micro plastics from the waters of Salt Run, categorizing the types and size of the collected plastics and record the results in a data base.
Learning stations around the marina have been designated as “discussion sites” where topics of marine science and coastal issues will be discussed, explored and evaluated by the campers, GTMNERR Staff and Blue Ocean Sails.
The afternoon session will focus on the biodiversity inherent in marinas where a multitude of marine species live, feed, reproduce and support local populations of recreationally and commercially important species of marine life.
Dr Ed McGinnly, Associate Professor, Flagler College - along with 14 of his Flagler college students, will mentor the GTMNERR summer campers and lead a collection, identification and classification study exploring the biodiversity of marine species that call the Conch HouseMarina home.
Local area youth marine science and conservation programs are able to enjoy a diversity of coastal, inshore and offshore experiential learning opportunities as a result of partnering between organizations such as Blue Ocean Sails, GTMNERR, Flagler College and others.