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Don’t Miss the Indian River Lagoon Presentation by Dr. Grant Gilmore Dec. 9

Post Date:11/23/2015 11:06 AM

IRL North Hutchinson aerialWhat is happening with the Indian River Lagoon?  What is the latest report from ongoing research?  What is the condition of the estuary?  These questions and more will be addressed by Dr. Grant Gilmore, world-renowned biologist and senior scientist with Estuarine, Coastal and Ocean Science, Inc.  If you enjoy fishing, boating, kayaking, wildlife watching, or learning about the lagoon and its inhabitants, please join us for this presentation.

The Florida Master Naturalists’ St. Lucie Chapter is hosting this free program as part of their ongoing popular lecture series on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Savannas Preserve State Park, 2510 SE Walton Road, Port St Lucie, 34952.  Dr. Gilmore’s topic will be an update on the condition of the Indian River Lagoon.  He will be reviewing new information from the most recent reports and research regarding the status of the lagoon.

Dr. Grant Gilmore worked for 32 years at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, and for FL and Dynamic Corporation at the Kennedy Space Center.  He has studied the fish communities and ecology of Florida and the Caribbean Sea for more than 41 years.

A published author of more 70 papers on fish ecology and life history, Dr. Gilmore’s technical papers have included research on the reproductive habits of spotted sea trout, snook, grouper, and sharks. He has appeared on world televised programs on the Discovery Channel, and the first American research expedition’s National Geographic Ocean Science documentary in Cuban waters since the revolution.

Dr. Gilmore earned his Master’s Degree from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, and a Ph.D. from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne in 1988.  He is highly knowledgeable on the biodiversity of the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon fish communities.  He firmly believes that our area is one of the most beautiful places to live, and one of the best fishing destinations anywhere, with anglers visiting from all over the state.

The Indian River Lagoon brings billions of dollars to the five counties along its boundaries, but according to Dr. Gilmore, the lagoon must be properly cared for or its ecosystem could collapse.  This would directly affect our communities, our lives and the local economy.  He is a strong proponent for fertilizer ordinances which he feels are critical to the local ecology.  Otherwise, we may be creating some major problems for our future.

Dr. Gilmore’s program is sponsored by the Florida Master Naturalists - St. Lucie Chapter and the Savannas Preserve State Park.  The St Lucie Chapter of the Florida Master Naturalists is affiliated with the UF/IFAS Florida Master Naturalist Program. Partners include the UF/IFAS St Lucie County Extension, St Lucie County Environmental Resources Department, the Savannas State Preserve Park and other local environmental education providers.  For more information, contact Mary White, president Florida Master Naturalists St Lucie Chapter at 772-359-6213 or fmnmarywhite@gmail.com, or call Savannas Preserve office at 772-398-2779.

What:                 Indian River Lagoon Presentation by Dr. Grant Gilmore
When:                Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.
Where:              Savannas Preserve State Park, 2510 SE Walton Road, Port St Lucie
Cost:                  Free
Registration:      None.  Open to general public.
Information:   Mary White, 772-359-6213 / Savannas Preserve, 772-398-2779

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