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Center offers lecture on seagrass
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Posted: 2013 Sep 06 - 07:00

Learn about how algae blooms impact seagrass, lagoon life

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FORT PIERCE -- Seagrasses provide prime habitat for fish, crabs and other marine life and is the main food source for manatees.

Seagrasses are also considered a key barometer of the estuary's overall health. The 156-mile Indian River Lagoon, long praised for its biological diversity means $3.7 billion a year to the state economy in tourism, fisheries and property values.

Since 2011 the lagoon has lost approximately 60 percent of its seagrass coverage- more than 47,000 acres.

In some areas of the Banana River to our north, losses have topped 85 percent.

Get the facts and learn how you can make a difference at the Manatee Center's September Lunch & Learn Lecture, Sept.13 at noon.

Kathy Hill, education coordinator of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, will give an update on the status of the seagrasses and explain the impact that algae blooms are having in the lagoon.

The Manatee Observation and Education Center offers its Lunch & Learn Lecture series free to the public, at noon on the 2nd Friday of each month. Speakers vary from biologists and writers to scientists and artists. They all share their love of nature and desire to educate the public about nature's beauty and diversity.

For more information call 772-429-6266

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