Team OCEAN Focuses on Boaters and Beachgoers

The Takeaway: Volunteers make weekly visits to improve boating safety and environmental awareness.

Team OCEAN (Ocean Conservation Education Action Network) is a boat-based volunteer program supported through a partnership among Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida Sea Grant, and local community donors. Volunteers make weekly visits to high-use boating areas, sharing information on "Leave-No-Trace" practices, boating safety, fisheries conservation, and marine recreation in an effort to keep Rookery Bay a pristine wilderness experience. Team OCEAN also conducts regular beach clean-ups and helps protect wildlife by posting crossover trail and "Important Nesting Area" signs. (2016)

Partners: Florida Sea Grant, Rookery Bay Reserve, Team OCEAN