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September Public Lecture

Aug 27th, 2015 | Category: Announcements, Lecture Series, MDC News

Restoration of Coastal Wetlands in the Indian River Lagoon

Planting at the MDC Salt Marsh Restoration project

Planting at the MDC Salt Marsh Restoration project

Thursday, September 17th | 6:00pm
Presented by:
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.

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