This year we have made great strides together:
In 2021, you supported our Sea Turtle & Women Empowerment Program
in Nicaragua. We saved and released over 21,000 hatchlings while improving the lives of the women in the local villages who operate and manage our program. Their conservation work and data collection allowed the FCOLC to conduct important scientific studies on four endangered species in collaboration with the local university professors and students. Despite the pandemic, our team was able to save 360
sea turtle nests during the 2020-2021 season, and we are pleased to report we have already matched last season’s numbers with several months still to go!
In October, we launched our innovative Ocean Discovery Curriculum Packs
for grades K to 8. The packs tie Ocean science to exciting and fun activities to inspire students of all ages. The lessons were developed for use with the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) and our goal is to develop curriculum at the high school level next year. As we make this educational content available to schools across the US, we are doing our part to ensure that the next generation of Ocean stewards will be ready to face the future challenges of marine conservation.
You have also helped us clean beaches where we removed 1,026 pounds
of trash and nearly 16,000
pieces of plastic, and over 664 pounds
of marine debris from the sea floor.
Just launched on December 4th
: our Key Largo Florida Partnership Program
supporting coastal and marine habitat restoration and monitoring through educational activities for students and community members. Together, the FCOLC, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the Friends of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and local schools can learn and care for the environment as they use the park as a living laboratory to monitor marine species such as mangrove forests and the animals found living in and around them. We are looking forward to growing this project next year!
2022 is just around the corner and we are poised to do even more for the Ocean. I returned from a successful trip to Curacao where I met with government officials and the local community leaders to plan for our educational programming focused on coral research using 3D printing technology. In addition, our team mapped the marine protected area where Proteus ™, my vision for the international space station of the Ocean, will be built and serve as the largest underwater habitat and research lab of its kind.
We are excited about the impact our Programs will bring this coming year, but we cannot do it without your help. We hope that you will consider making a year-end donation to support our mission as you trust us to be excellent stewards of your gift. Remember, with our matching gift of $25,000, your donation will be doubled!