"To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."

Announcements

Full “Perigee” Moon Tours

Nov 9th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News, Tours

November’s Full Moon is a “Perigee” Moon—when the Moon reaches the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth. This is popularly called a “Supermoon.” In addition, this Perigee Moon (or, Supermoon) will also nearer to Earth than it’s been since January 26, 1948.

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Watch out for migrating manatees!

Nov 8th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News
Watch out for migrating manatees!

With the onset of the manatee migration, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds people in boats and personal watercraft to slow down to avoid manatees, particularly in shallow areas. Many seasonal manatee protection zones also go into effect as of Nov. 15.

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Sh.O.R.E. Symposium 2016

Aug 31st, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News
Sh.O.R.E. Symposium 2016

Second Annual Sh.O.R.E. Symposium Set For September 23 NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 31, 2016 – The Marine Discovery Center and Daytona State College will again host Sh.O.R.E. – Sharing Our Research with Everyone — an annual symposium designed to address current issues and research relating to the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). The second annual,….

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Marine Discovery Center Names New Board of Directors

Jul 10th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., July 7, 2016 – The Marine Discovery Center has named its new board of directors for 2016. Erik Halleus began his term as board chairman in early May. New to the board are Fielding Cooley and Katheryn Meagher. “We want to build a stronger organization and I’m here to help,” said….

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June MDC Monthly Lecture Focuses On Water Quality

Jun 10th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News
June MDC Monthly Lecture Focuses On Water Quality

Water quality in the Indian River Lagoon. The MDC lecture scheduled for Thursday, June 16, will give the public a chance to hear mini-presentations by five different speakers examining water-quality issues and to ask questions following the presentations. Mallory Brooks, Project H2O Coordinator, will deliver the opening overview discussing, “What the Lagoon Means To You.”….

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Water Quality & Waterborne Illness Abstract

Apr 25th, 2016 | Category: Announcements

Objective: Algal blooms can cause devastating effects on marine animals and flora. In recent years, the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) suffered a devastating brown tide event. Scientists documented large sea grass die-offs, large fish kills and an increase in dolphin deaths. Recent dolphin studies demonstrate that they can be an effective sentinel species and indicate….

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Cleaning the Mangrove Rookery Islands – Just For the Birds

Mar 3rd, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News
Cleaning the Mangrove Rookery Islands – Just For the Birds

By Lisa D. Mickey All that was left were bones picked clean by vultures. And those bones were tied tightly to mangrove roots on the ground. Even with scissors and a knife, we struggled to clear the monofilament fishing line wrapped and wrapped around the feet of a dead pelican. “This bird didn’t have a….

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Algae Can Be Seen From Space

Feb 29th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News

by Lisa D. Mickey Anglers and paddlers who regularly use the Indian River Lagoon can see a difference in the lack of water clarity ever since the most recent algae bloom entered the estuary’s waters in February. Sadly, the algal bloom may also be seen from space, as shown here in this LANDSAT satellite image…..

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Lagoonacy!! April 2, 2016

Feb 29th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, Blogs, MDC News
Lagoonacy!! April 2, 2016

Don’t miss a celebration of the insanely fascinating and beautiful Mosquito Lagoon. Join us for a day of fun, food, and festivities experienced through Art and Marine Discovery. Download the Cardboard Boat Race Registration Lagoonacy Boat Race Registration Lagoonacy Sponsors  

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Algal Blooms Make Return To Indian River Lagoon

Feb 28th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News
Algal Blooms Make Return To Indian River Lagoon

By Lisa D. Mickey When Rhode Islanders Bob and Beth Chew purchased waterfront property in New Smyrna Beach three years ago, it was the lure of the Indian River Lagoon’s clear water and fishing-mecca reputation that sealed the deal. An environmental scientist and avid angler, Bob wanted to spend each September to June fishing in….

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