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The ocean(s): a resource rich garden from which man has traditionally harvested. These finite resources support life on our planet, as we know it. Perhaps, we should start 'putting back", instead of always harvesting, planting seeds to ensure the future of life within it.
The ocean(s): a resource rich garden from which man has traditionally harvested. These finite resources support life on our planet, as we know it. Perhaps, we should start 'putting back", instead of always harvesting, planting seeds to ensure the future of life within it.

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Mytilus perna viridus found in Lemon Bay, Englewood, Florida... some alive and  up to 6 inches long. Besides having a green periostracum, the interior is an iridescent mother of pearl. Considered invasive, they are cultivated in Japan, and the Pacific, and are a delicious mussel commonly served in restaurants in America....
http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?si=731
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mytilus perna viridis? Green periostracum, mother of pearl iridescent interior, edible, non-Florida indigenous mussel, found in Lemon Bay, Englewood, Florida. Measured close to 6 inches long.... invasive to Florida but delicious and cultivated in Asia, Japan....
http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?si=731
to Florida, but delicious.... 
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ProVitaPax Marine Research Association is a volunteer organization dedicated to marine rehabilitation, restoration and recovery, using natural methods, recycling and education, through novel approaches, to enhance the survival of healthy ecosystems on the land and in the sea, for future generations. ~~our "Mission Statement".

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Our (not for profit) work needs help with funding. Funding or donations (tax deductible) can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank to Provitapax Marine Research Association's account, through Paypal, or mailed to: ProVitaPax Marine Research Association, P.O. Box 464, Englewood, Florida 34295 USA

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When stewardship of our planet passes from us to the next generation, let's leave it in better condition than it was, when we inherited it.

Could such a thing be accomplished?  Yes, every person can make a difference in a global effort.  Local communities worldwide seek answers, and new experimental conservation efforts are underway and results are encouraging. Isn't this the right thing to do for our planet?

You need not have gone to college, or be a formal scientist to make a difference.  Scientists, conservationists, ecologists, marine biologists, farmers, working together, with everyday people and children, will be the ones that lead the way carrying out these efforts, in order to preserve their livelihoods, and because they care about the future and their children.  Many people on this planet, did not have the opportunity, finances, or privilege, to advance their education within the realm of classic academia. However, life, has been teaching you all along, through your own experiences. 


As we evolve and reach new thresholds, you may see things with a new awareness.  Click on this link:  "Coral reef replanting success for Sumatra island..." for a true, inspiring story, about a man who wanted to fix damage to the reef he grew up by, the reef that fed and sustained him, his family, and community.  


Did you know you can try building your own tidal pool or starter reefs?  Watch the next video of what you can accomplish.


This website is under construction, please consider it a "work in progress".  Words in a different color or underlined may give a definition of that word or a video explaining it for you, if you click on them.


Of all the lifeforms that live on and use resources on earth, only humans can control "anthropogenic" changes. In older literature, record tuna and game fish caught often exceeded 1,000 pounds (500+ kilos).  Today, the "big" fish caught are much smaller than 40 years ago. Queen conch, Goliath grouper, even turtles, at one time plentiful in Florida, (now protected), are next to impossible to find.

How do you begin a conservation project?  A good starting point is to ask a teacher at school, the local county officials, a librarian, or search the internet to see what is going on in your area.  Librarians can help you find books to read about aquaculture or conservation, with pictures, to help learn the names (taxonomy) of what you want to grow or hatch, their reproductive cycles, what they eat and where they prefer to live.  


Commercial fishermen are "marine biologists" (in their own right), because they observe and watch the sea and the life cycles and migrations of what is in it, everyday of their lives, also.

Ask your school teacher about starting a class project to create a little tidal pool, sea garden or saltwater corral where things found on the beach that, if planted, might "come back to life", or hatch. Even small pieces of sponges, almost always grow. Sponges not only consume nutrients that contribute to ocean acidification, they also circulate, filter, and help clean sea water. Page 2 and 3 help explain what we tried.  Be sure to read it!

Don't disturb existing wildlife;  keep your distance and stay away from them. They rightfully protect their "territory" and young in some instances...  

As more small community "projects" start up locally; restoring our bays and oceans will not seem so huge and almost impossible, an undertaking. 

The oceans are a "garden" from which we traditionally harvest, but maybe it is time we consider, planting and cultivating this "garden". After starting your "sea gardens", reef corral, or tidal pool, fish and other creatures appear, sometimes moving into their new "home" overnight, and a return to natural balances gradually follows. 


This idea is spreading across the world among those that love, respect, rely on or live by, the sea. 

Children making sandcastles or playing in the surf, those walking the beach, need a healthy ocean, as much as all the plants and animals that live in it.  Let's treat the earth with respect. Let   littering and polluting become a thing of the past.

Our independent volunteer research results, are not found in any books, and are from "hands on" experience, and trying new ideas and approaches.  We want to share with these with you and maybe you will share your work also, so we can learn from each other.  

Local conservation projects  can bring communities, students, friends, families and children together. 
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At one time, the saltwater oceans cleansed and healed those who   soaked or swam in them.  Salt and minerals in the water cleansed wounds; but, in some places, this is a "thing of the past", and cannot be done anymore.  Why is this, do you wonder? 

Depending on where you are, ocean swimming is the last thing to do if you have a cut on your body.  Lethal bacteria, microbes and "toxic algae", if present at high levels in the ocean, can make you very sick or worse. This can be true in freshwater lakes, if there is no flushing action, the water is stagnant, choked with algae, and very warm.  If no one is swimming in it, ask locally or at the "health department", if it is safe water to swim in.   
Think about it.  When was the last time you saw any "hands on" actual habitat restoration near you?  What can we do to preserve our waters, or increase habitat?  

Isn't it the birthright of all life on earth, to have a pristine environment?

Water is the key to life on our planet.  Click this link: "Water - The Great Mystery" and prepare to be fascinated by this video.

You can try what we did in the next video below, "HOPE FOR THE FUTURE-Beach collecting after storms, No. 2, also!
https://youtu.be/fD9KPOjFnJs

Littering:
When we use the ocean as a dump, what does not float, sinks.  As floating garbage and plastics becomes weathered, it disintegrates into smaller particles, eaten by fish, birds, and other animals and accumulates in them. The consumed trash moves right up the food chain, to us, when we eat the fish. In the oceans, littering is actually creating aggregated floating masses of garbage patches. "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch", is up to twice the size of the United States of America.  Garbage patch gyres are occurring worldwide.  Please watch these ten minute long documentaries: "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch" or "Synthetic Seas" on YouTube.

Destruction of Reefs and Habitat by Man:
Some waterfront homes when built, include a seawall. Seawalls are built by reshaping shorelines and adding fill using cement walls to hold the fill in place.  Many crabs, mussels, clams, invertebrate filter feeders, juvenile fish and other creatures start their life in the shallows near the shore and need a beach, before heading out to sea. Docks can be a better choice, leaving the shore as natural habitat and preserving the natural shallows. Homeowners that want a bay view and enjoy boating, fishing and watersports, but kill, cut down or remove mangrove forests, diminish population and habitat for many others in the food chain, and naturally occurring life. 


Sometimes reefs like the one in this video: Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands, are mined for live coral rock to use as runway fill for airports or other construction.  Shallow reefs break big waves when storms come, and prevent erosion and flooding of low lying land. When shallow, close to shore, reefs are dredged, or removed, flooding from storms increases, and erodes the land. Our window of opportunity to preserve these rare gems of paradise is finite to stop these destructive practices.

Are we rapidly approaching a "tipping" point, that when reached, will be too late for a full and complete recovery?


https://youtu.be/fD9KPOjFnJs
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