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Coastal Watch will hold its third annual fundraiser, The Launch, on Nov. 16 at the Sanibel Community House. This fun evening will feature dinner, drinks, live and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle and more – all in support of local conservation initiatives.
Coastal Watch is dedicated to helping locals become more effective stewards of the ocean resources that support our community. We execute small, local initiatives that we hope will have large impacts. All of the money raised by Coastal Watch will be used for projects in SW Florida.
Over the past year, Coastal Watch has added an entirely new project – mangrove restoration. Mangroves are an integral part of our environment. These trees provide many benefits, such as erosion control, water quality management, and ecosystem services that have trickle down effects. They also create complex natural habitats for both terrestrial and marine species. Red mangrove propagules have been collected, sprouted, and transplanted to pots on Sanibel Sea School’s property. They will continue to grow until they can be successfully transplanted into natural environments.
Coastal Watch is collaborating with the City of Sanibel and MANG to determine a suitable site in the area where they will be planted as a part of a shoreline restoration project. Stay tuned for future updates on this project.
We are still dedicated to our highly successful, reusable bag initiative, Bing Your Own Bag, and this year we will launch a new community initiative to further help locals reduce the amount of plastic we consume.
Tickets to the The Launch are $100 per person and include an annual membership. To learn more and reserve your spot, contact Coastal Watch at (239) 472-8585 or visit sancapcoastalwatch.org/the-launch.
Coastal Watch operates as an autonomous branch of Sanibel Sea School to create and implement local conservation initiatives that improve the future of marine resources to maintain our coastal heritage. Visit sancapcoastalwatch.org.