Coastal Watch Welcomes News Leadership

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Pete Squibb

Coastal Watch welcomes Harry W. (Pete) Squibb to the organization’s Advisory Committee where he will act as Chairman.

Squibb has a B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife Management from Michigan Technological University. Squibb worked with the USDA Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resources Conservation Service) providing technical expertise for various projects along Lake Michigan’s shoreline. He then worked as a wildlife biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) for 32 years where he spent a career promoting and overseeing upland and wetland habitat development in Michigan. He retired as assistant chief of the wildlife division.

After retiring from state government, Squibb formed a successful wildlife consulting business and provided expertise for management of habitat and wildlife populations to state agencies and large private landowners throughout the Great Lakes region.

Since his retirement in 2015, Squibb helped form the fledgling group “Captains for Clean Water,” filling the need for a grassroots organization advocating for clean water in Southwest Florida. Two years ago, Squibb was elected as president of the Sanibel Fly Fishers Club. With the assistance of dedicated volunteers, the club and it is now one of the premier fly-fishing clubs in the area and advocates for sound scientific management of water resources in the Lee county area.

Squibb and his wife, Kris, have owned a condo in Fort Myers since 2012. For the past eight years Squibb has averaged 300 days on the water fly fishing in and around Sanibel. Fishing has provided Squibb with the opportunity to observe and learn about the habitats of barrier islands and how human development has impacted these natural systems.

Part of the SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Family, Coastal Watch creates and implements conservation initiatives that promote and improve the future of marine resources and, our coastal heritage. For more information about Coastal Watch, visit sancapcoastalwatch.org or contact coastalwatch@sanibelseaschool.org.

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