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Seagrass Awareness!

The importance of seagrasses has been getting a lot of attention in the media lately. Come join us to learn more about seagrasses, marine creatures that live in seagrasses, and learn how to protect them at the 16th annual Seagrass Awareness Celebration!

The common bay scallop is dependent on healthy seagrass meadows.   Photo: UF IFAS

The common bay scallop is dependent on healthy seagrass meadows.
Photo: UF IFAS

Seagrass Awareness is an annual free family event held at Shoreline Park South in Gulf Breeze, Florida. The event will take place Saturday March 19, 2016 from 10 am until 2 pm.

 

Family focused activities include: live marine life in touch tanks, “eat a seagrass bed,” make a shark tooth necklace, seining, games, fishing, marine creatures, marine debris, arts and crafts, food, displays, boating and water safety, kayaking and more!

 

Join participating groups from the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, the NB Sea Turtle Conservation Center, the Pensacola Recreational Fishing Association, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, UF/IFAS Fl. Sea Grant and 4-H Extension, UF/IFAS Master Gardeners, Navarre Beach Kayaks, the Environmental Education Coordination Team, Escambia County Marine Resources, the Pensacola Recreational Fishing Association and more!!

 

In addition, the Gulf Breeze Rotary Club will sponsor their annual Gumbo Cook-off at the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center the same day. Nearly 20 teams will participate, stirring up some mouth watering gumbo for all to enjoy. Tickets at the gate for all the Gumbo you can eat are $12.00. Music, dancing and fun will be included at the cook-off.

 

Make plans now to attend this exciting day full of activities! Bring your family and friends, water, sunscreen, hat, water shoes, lawn chairs and join us for a fun filled day!

 

Extension Service programs are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap or national origin.

Permanent link to this article: https://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/02/19/seagrass-awareness/