September Public LectureAug 27th, 2015 | Category: Announcements, Lecture Series, MDC News
Restoration of Coastal Wetlands in the Indian River Lagoon
Thursday, September 17th | 6:00pm
Jeff Beal from FWC’s Marine Estuarine Subsection
During the mid-1900s, saltmarshes in Mosquito Lagoon were modified using a technique called dragline ditching. The result was effective for reducing mosquito populations but detrimental to fish, invertebrate, and bird populations.
Through a partnership of FWC, SJRWMD, and Volusia County Mosquito Control, a unique restoration plan has been used effectively to improve saltmarsh production of desirable species such as fishes, crabs, shrimps, and wading birds. Over time, the restored areas recruit native flora and fauna, producing species characteristic of historic Mosquito Lagoon saltmarshes including killifishes which consume mosquito larvae.
Come learn about this restoration plan and the special machine used to do it (the only one in Florida!) from the project manager for the saltmarsh restoration at Marine Discovery Center.
Our monthly public lectures are always free and open to the public – no RSVP or reservation required.