• National Estuaries Day Event
  • International Coastal Cleanup Sat. Sept. 16th
  • October Brown Bag Lunch
  • Green Business Program
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Celebrate the Lagoon at MRC’s National Estuaries Day Event!

Join us at MRC’s Ted Moorhead Lagoon House Saturday, September 30, 2017 from noon to 6 pm, for a day of lagoon learning, rain barrel building, mangrove farming, and celebrate the Indian River Lagoon with MRC.

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Coastal Cleanup of the Melbourne Causeway!

The Marine Resources Council in collaboration with Keep Brevard Beautiful, the Ocean Conservancy, Old School Pizza, & Lucky’s Market would like to invite you to join the International Coastal Cleanup! Cleanup will take place along the shores of the 192 Melbourne Causeway and Kiwanis Park at Geiger Point! Supplies for this event are allocated for each site based on sign-ups, so please register in advance!

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Sea Turtle Nesting in the Carr Refuge Seminar at the October 3 Brown Bag Lunch

Join us at MRC’s Ted Moorhead Lagoon House Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 12 pm, for an educational lunchtime learning seminar with Florida Master Naturalist Vince Lamb in a discussion about the Carr Refuge and sea turtles that nest there.

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MRC Welcomes New Staff!

Marine Resources Council welcomes our four newest staff members:

  • Sondee Lima, Deputy Director
  • Shannon Egger, Education Coordinator
  • Caitlyn Savoia, Lead Scientist
  • Kate Zehnder, Volunteer Coordinator

We’re excited to be working with our growing and talented team, fulfilling our mission to protect and restore the Indian River Lagoon.

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Brevard’s Save The Lagoon Referendum Update

Virginia Barker speaks on the current status of Brevard County’s Save The Lagoon Plan, at the Marine Resources Council’s Holiday Charity Event, to help grow their mangrove farm and shoreline restoration efforts, to help save the lagoon. Thank you to our title sponsor and event host Melbourne BMW.

Visit MRC’s YouTube channel for more!

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.

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Business owners! Join MRCs new Green Business Program! Get certified, save money, and help restore the Lagoon. Sign up today!

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!

Go Fertilizer-Free for the Summer!

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

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.

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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.


  • National Estuaries Day
    September 30, 2017
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Brown Bag Lunch: Sea Turtle Nesting in the Carr Refuge
    October 3, 2017
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Brown Bag Lunch: The Save Our Lagoon Project Plan
    November 7, 2017
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Brown Bag Lunch: North Atlantic Right Whale Season Update
    December 5, 2017
    12:00 pm - 1:00 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


MRC Facebook Updates

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MRC National Estuaries Day Celebration!

Please join our National Estuaries Day Celebration, for an open question and answer forum with the top scientists and researchers of the Indian River Lagoon! Event features educational workshops, ... See more

Celebrate the Lagoon at MRC's National Estuaries Day Event! Saturday, September 30, 2017 Enjoy a day of lagoon learning, rain barrel building, mangrove farming, and celebrate the Indian River Lagoon ... See more

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National Estuaries Day Celebration!

National Estuaries Day Celebration! - https://t.co/r4U2Oal8KI

Saturday 9/30 (12pm) Please join the Marine Resources Council for an open forum with the lagoon's top scientists and researchers, educational workshops, silent auction, live music, & more.

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