This does not stop when seagrass is planted. Continuing efforts are in place to protect the sea life and save the manatees, as well as educate the next generation about how to best care for our planet.
As we restore beds of eelgrass, it’s important they stay protected in order to grow and flourish for years to come. One of the biggest threats to the sea floor are hazardous anchoring practices and damage caused by propellers.
Anchors must be lifted before moving a boat and propellers need to be propped up when passing through shallows. Even if a boater is only moving a few feet, it can cause scars to the bottom of the waterways that last decades. This slows the growth of helpful vegetation, removes the primary food source and safe havens for manatees and other sea life and destroys eelgrass that was carefully planted to rehabilitate the area.
Save Crystal River’s Responsible Anchoring Program offers rebates towards the purchase and installation of power pole anchors for qualifying tour operators and anglers.
Along with the Homosassa Guides Association, this program provides 5th grade students with the greatest of all learning opportunities – hands-on, real-world experiences! Students are led by fishing captains on a field trip that brings science and math to the great outdoors. Children learn through watching wildlife and taking part in fun question and answer sessions that provide insight into topics like animals, the water cycle, erosion, and more.
Learn more on how you can bring this program to your schools.
Greater technological resources are needed to bring the learning experience to life and make the world better for future generations! Through technology such as virtual reality, students across the world can experience the transformation being made at Crystal River and the natural wonders of Florida.
Learn more about how to join in spreading knowledge and awareness that will save Florida’s waterways.