Healthy Habitats & Oceans (H2O) Program
Sea to Shore Alliance focuses on the journey from the aquifer to the ocean, connecting the water, animals, and humans that rely on healthy coastal resources and habitat.
As one of the leading coastal conservation organizations in the USA, Sea to Shore Alliance holds first-hand knowledge of the damage that marine debris causes to marine species’ populations. A component of our organization’s mission, which promotes the conservation of endangered marine animals to gain protections for larger coastal regions, involves rescuing individual animals from marine debris entanglements during our research efforts. These efforts are often in vain, as many of these entanglements lead to mortality. As a major focus of our work is endangered species protection, our team is seeking to prevent these losses, which are unsustainable for the recovery of these imperiled species.
Sea to Shore Alliance is now running a marine debris educational program, H²O, with a specific focus on how endangered marine species are impacted by this pervasive threat. We hope to draw attention to the increasing threat of marine debris by outreaching to citizens, and youth in particular, throughout the state of Florida. Sea to Shore Alliance has acquired a 27’ bus that is used as a mobile learning unit to visit elementary through high schools and attend community festivals along the east and west coasts of Florida and Georgia. Our team presents educational programs instructing these audiences on preventing land-based litter and derelict fishing gear from reaching the ocean. Visits to schools are supplemented with an optional beach-clean up in the following weeks to cement lessons learned while on our educational vehicle.
Educating the public promotes awareness
Sea to Shore Alliance’s past experiences in educating the public on marine issues has lead us to the conclusion that often people are simply unaware that their actions affect conservation. Once a citizenry is informed and aware, they often implement changes for the betterment of the environment. Sea to Shore Alliance is expecting broad-based benefits to the marine system along the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Coast from Georgia to Florida through a reduction in beach/boat littering and discarded fishing gear. In addition to the coastal system, this program will enrich participating students by infusing them with a sense of community and purpose. Furthermore, festival participants benefit through the understanding that they are able to become actively involved in conservation efforts through simple behavioral change.
What’s going on with H²O RIGHT NOW?
See the CrowdRise campaign here to learn more, to watch a little video on the idea, and to donate.
The bus is currently up and running but maintenance is no joke, and we need this bus to get us all over the place so we can reach the largest audience possible and start making positive change in our marine environment!
With our social media campaign, #take4sea2shore you can help us clean up our habitats and oceans from ANYWHERE in the world, whether you are under the sea or at the shore! The best part is that you could be rewarded for doing so!
All it takes is a simple collection of at least 4 pieces of litter from any coastal area, waterway, or spring. Post a photo of your debris collection on Instagram, hashtag #take4sea2shore, and tag @sea2shore to enter our monthly contests! Make sure that you’re following @sea2shore so we can view your entries and share them on our page below! Prizes vary each month from surf and beach apparel, to ocean-minded artwork and water sport gear.
The current contest is for the MOST CREATIVE #take4sea2shore post and will be closing at midnight on Sunday, September 25th! The International Coastal Cleanup is coming up on September 17th, so you should have plenty of debris to shoot photos of!
Winners will go home with this beautiful 8”x10” metallic print signed by our very supportive friend and photographer, Ben Hicks.
Last winter our Conservation Biologist, Katelyn Cucinotta, coordinated efforts to safely move over 1,000 pounds of derelict rope out of the surf zone on a local beach… preventing it from heading back out to sea in the rising tide!
The rope has since been removed from the coast completely and was recycled responsibly.
Sorry Boynton Beach-ers, we won’t be hosting any cleanups in this area until later this Fall after the H2O: Healthy Habitats & Oceans Bus is launched.
Follow our Facebook page to find out when the next one will be so YOU can get involved. Thank you for supporting Sea to Shore Alliance’s Healthy Habitats & Oceans Program!
Follow Sea to Shore Alliance on Facebook to track our mobile classroom and see where “H²O On the Go” will be next! All public events we attend or host will be posted at least 2 weeks prior. We’ll see you there!
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Current H²O Supporters!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in becoming a sponsor of the #take4sea2shore campaign or H²O!