• Save the date for the next Brown Bag Lunch: Tuesday, December 6 at noon. Topic: 2016–2017 right whale migration season.
  • End of Year Giving!
  • Green Business Program
  • Apply Now for MRC Internships
  • Sign Up for MRC News
  • Join Us


lovethelagoon-dolphin-miniEnd of Year Giving!

The lagoon provides so much for our community. Perhaps you are one of the 73,000 people who work in a lagoon industry, or your property value is increased due to the lagoon’s proximity, or you enjoy the lagoon with your family and friends, or you grab a moment of peace and beauty as you go over it every day. It’s time for us to give back to the Indian River Lagoon. The water quality crisis facing the Indian River Lagoon is urgent. We have experienced fish kills, toxic algae blooms, and marine mammal deaths.

If we do nothing, we stand to lose more than $7.6 Billion in annual revenue, thousands of lagoon species, and our community centerpiece.

Please consider a gift to support MRC’s work to restore the Lagoon. It will take all of us to bring the Lagoon back to a healthy, productive estuary. Act now.

We Are Hiring!

MRC is seeking a Deputy Director who can perform diverse administrative and management duties that include coordinating and documenting the actions of the MRC Board of Directors, assisting with accounting policies and procedures, developing operational policies and procedures to minimize risks, managing human resources including volunteers and staff, assisting with project tracking, assisting with membership and donor tracking, and coordinating staff and volunteer coverage of the lagoon house.

Strong candidates will have a Masters in Business Administration or a Bachelors in a similar field and four years of appropriate management experience, must have a valid Florida Driver’s license, and be able to lift 35 pounds. Click here for a complete job description. Interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and resume to Leesa Souto.

logo-wfit-coastal-connection IRL Update with MRC’s Leesa Souto

WFIT’s Terri Wright talks with Dr. Leesa Souto, Executive Director of MRC, about Hurricane Mathew’s effect on the Lagoon, the upcoming referendum to help the IRL, and the MRC’s Member Banquet. From WFIT’s Coastal Connection. Click here to listen.

2016-love-our-lagoon-canoe-trip Love Our Lagoon Canoe Trip

Florida native Les Miller has set a $5,000 GoFundMe goal to benefit MRC. Les will embark on a 156-mile canoe journey through the Indian River Lagoon, beginning in Stuart and ending in New Smyrna, FL. The journey will take Les through 5 counties and 44 cities of the suffering Lagoon. Find out more. Follow Les on his trek on Facebook.

20161206-brownbag-rightwhaleDecember Brown Bag Lunch: 2017 Right Whale Season Update

At the December MRC Brown Bag Speaker Series (Tuesday, December 6, noon–1pm), MRC’s North Atlantic Right Whale Monitoring Program Coordinator Julie Albert will provide an update on the 2016–2017 right whale migration season. Find out more.

logo-greenbizMRC’s Green Business Program

Business owners! Join MRCs new Green Business Program! Complete the green business practices on the business checklist to get certified, save money, and help restore the Lagoon. Sign up today!

Apply Now for MRC Internships!

Help Save the Indian River Lagoon! MRC’s Internships for local college-level students will enhance your real world experiences! Find Out More.

Be Floridian Now

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 Here!

LagoonFest Swag!

LagoonFest Swag! Get Yours Now!

It’s not too late to get your LagoonFest shirts and hats! We have a few left, so for a short time, you can get them online or at the Lagoon House! CLICK HERE and START SHOPPING NOW!

Go Fertilizer-Free for the Summer!

Don’t apply nitrogen after June 1. Learn about residential fertilizer regulations in your area.

MRC Honors Lagoon Leaders at Annual Membership Meeting

The MRC Membership Meeting on Oct. 22 was a vision of hope! Dr. Duane De Freese, the new Executive Director of the Indian River Lagoon council, presented a hopeful vision to over sixty people who attended last week’s MRC membership meeting at the Lagoon House. Click Here for Details!

Indian River Lagoon Action Assembly Update

Presentations and photos are now available from the 2014 Lagoon Action Assembly that involved over one hundred community leaders in facilitated discourse about the crisis we are facing with the collapse of the Indian River Lagoon. Click Here for Details.

Invest in the IRL
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.

marine_resources_council_logoClick here for simple things you can do every day to help restore the Indian River Lagoon.

Marine Resources Council (MRC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is coordinating lagoon-wide efforts to Save the Indian River Lagoon, but we need your support to succeed. It will take a community to save the lagoon, working at all levels. MRC is holding government workshops, coordinating diverse stakeholder groups, showcasing community leaders, and working with businesses and individuals to encourage actions that will help save 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 brown bag luncheon speaker series, water quality monitoring locations, or public education workshops.


  • Right Whale Training Class
    December 11, 2016
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • No Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series in January. Join us again in February.
    January 2, 2017
    11:00 pm - 10:59 pm
  • Brown Bag Lunch: Patty Goffinet- Ocean Plastic: The Problem, The Science, The Solutions
    February 7, 2017
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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View the Save Our Lagoon Project Plan

The Save Our Lagoon Project Plan was presented at the August 9, 2016 Brevard County Commissioners meeting. View the presentation on the Brevard County website. The presentation begins at approximately 1:20:00 of the video.

Save Our Lagoon Project Plan video presentation


IRL Oyster Reef Restoration November 2016


Save the Lagoon: International Coastal Cleanup 2016