Seagrass restoration coming to Fort Pierce
The Manatee Observation and Education Center (MOEC) and Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation (TCMF) have launched a fundraising campaign to bring seagrass restoration to Moore’s Creek in Spring 2022. The restoration project will be led by Sea & Shoreline, a Florida-based restoration company, and installed in Moore’s Creek across from the MOEC manatee mural, at 480 N Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL.
The Florida manatee population is in peril. A record-breaking 866 manatees were found deceased so far in 2021, many sick or starving from lack of natural food sources in the Indian River Lagoon. Manatees eat as much as 120 pounds, or 10% of their body weight, in aquatic vegetation every single day.
The seagrass restoration project will be monitored for three years following installation in Spring 2022. Funds raised will also support sending environmental educators into the community to teach about this important project. If the fundraiser reaches $3,000 by August 13th, the Foundation will become eligible for select grants through the Gannett Foundation’s A Community Thrives program. Donations to support this important project should be directed to https://mtyc.co/4cdyxf