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Students Tackle Threats to Marine Ecosystems

Over 100 youth participants took part in the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit hosted by Mote Marine Laboratory in November, as part of an educational outreach effort organized by the Stow It – Don’t Throw It Marine Debris Prevention Project.

“Through the workshops and presentations at this event, youth participants were able to learn about current threats facing marine ecosystems and gain the skills they need to launch their own ocean conservation projects,” said event organizer, Sean Russell.

Participants worked with mentors from local environmental organizations to identify ocean conservation issues they wished to work on and developed action plans to help tackle these problems.

Projects which emerged from the work of the summit include 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 issues, as well as work to expand the efforts of the Stow It – Don’t Throw It fishing line recycling project.

For more information, please contact Margaret Clark, 941-468-7283, email to [email protected] or visit the website at

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