SARASOTA -- More than 100 students attended the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit last weekend at Mote Marine Laboratory.
The event was part of an educational outreach organized by the Stow It/Don’t Throw It Marine Debris Prevention Project.
Students worked with mentors from local environmental organizations to identify ocean conservation issues and to help develop action plans to address these problems.
Projects emerging from the summit included planting projects to restore estuary areas in Sarasota Bay; school projects aimed at educating peers about important environmental issues; recycling projects; media presentations to raise awareness about ocean conservation, as well as work to expand the efforts of the Stow It/Don’t Throw It fishing line recycling project.
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Participating organizations included the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, One More Generation, the Florida Aquarium, Brevard Zoo, Florida 4-H, Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Trek Program and Mote’s Marine Policy Institute, as well as mentors from Mote’s Research and Education departments.