It’s no secret to Central Florida residents that the Indian River Lagoon is in rough shape, facing an uphill road to recovery after many years of neglect and downright abuse. As coastal development has continued to run rampant, runoff and septic issues have only increased, leading to nutrient overloads that are causing catastrophic seagrass die-offs, fish kills, and muck deposits throughout the estuary. With SeaDek headquarters located adjacent to the banks of the lagoon and many members of the SeaDek team spending their free time fishing, boating, and relaxing on or near the river, this is an issue close to our hearts.
Thankfully, we are fortunate to have organizations like the Marine Resources Council fighting for changes that will encourage healing in the lagoon, so that generations to come may have the opportunity to experience the natural wonders of the unique ecosystem. By taking a community-oriented, multifaceted approach, the MRC works 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.
Next week, Dr. Leesa Souto, Executive Director of the Marine Resources Council, will present the results of 2020’s Indian River Lagoon Health Update on Tuesday, Dec. 8. This critically important snapshot is vital for determining steps forward and understanding how best to devote resources to the lagoon’s recovery effort.