– Natural Sea Wall at Coconut Point

Recently, our Florida volunteers and staff partnered with the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves to plant marsh grasses near the seawall to help buffer the effects of wind, water and hurricane damages at our Coconut Point lab in Melbourne Beach. This project will serve as a natural coastal defense by forming a vertical barrier between the land and the sea.

Plants were harvested in a collaboration with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at the salt marsh donor site, the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach, then replanted at our Coconut Point lab. It truly took a village of dedicated people from various organizations to cultivate and create this new ecosystem.