MARINE RESOURCES COUNCIL OF EAST FLORIDA INC

Turning Science into Action!

aka MRC   |   Palm Bay, FL   |  www.SaveTheIRL.org

Mission

The mission of the Marine Resources Council, an environmental 501(C)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, is to improve water quality and to protect and to restore the fish and wildlife resources of the Indian River lagoon, coastal waters, inshore reefs, and the watershed by advocating and using sound science, education, and the involvement of the public at large.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Dr. Leesa Souto Ph.D.

Main address

3275 Dixie Hwy NE

Palm Bay, FL 32905 USA

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EIN

59-3030066

NTEE code info

Professional Societies & Associations (C03)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Marine Resources Council works relentlessly to reduce pollution & to improve and restore the water quality of Florida's natural resources with a focus on the Indian River Lagoon, which spans through 40% of Florida's east coast.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Green Business Program

The MRC’s Indian River Lagoon Green Business Program (IRLGB) helps local businesses, restaurateurs, and lawn care professionals become good environmental stewards and helps them save money!

Learn how to conserve water and energy, prevent pollution, and reduce your waste footprint through this simple pledge program. Make the Green Business Pledge today at http://www.savetheirl.org/greenbiz-pledge/.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Marine Resources Council's Right Whale Monitoring Program was established in 1995 to reduce human impacts to the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Citizens on the east coast of Florida & Georgia report land‑based sightings of right whales to our hotline (1‑888‑97‑WHALE). This information is passed on to local ship traffic to avoid ship strikes, which account for over one‑third of documented right whale deaths in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The endangered Right Whale utilizes the Atlantic Coast off Georgia and Florida as calving grounds. Volunteer spotters, most living in high-rise beach side condos, report right whale sightings to track the whales' movement and behavior patterns along the Atlantic Coast in an effort to determine migration characteristics of these highly endangered marine mammals.

Report Sightings Toll-Free to
1-888-97-WHALE (1-888-979-4253)

Mission Statement for Volunteer Whale Observers

To be the eyes, ears and voice of the northern right whale in its only known calving grounds off the Florida Atlantic coast.

To cooperate with scientists and resource managers and report whale sightings to alert ships at sea in order to reduce ship collisions, the greatest known cause of death of northern right whales.

To gather scientific data regarding right whale occurrence, movement patterns and behavioral characteristics in the southeast critical habitat.

Use this link for more program info http://mrcrightwhalemonitoring.blogspot.com/p/staff.html.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Activists

Marine Resources Council is a mangrove aquaculture facility, licensed and permitted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In our mangrove restoration program, we care for the three species native to Florida (red, black, and white), a total of approximately 4,000 plants. These mangroves will all eventually be transplanted along the Indian River Lagoon to provide nutrient uptake, wildlife habitat, storm protection, and erosion control.

Our goal each year is to plant thousands of mangroves along the IRL shoreline.

MRC is always accepting mangrove seeds & propagules. The next time you are on the beach it is easy to help our restoration efforts by collecting seeds and dropping them off to us at the Lagoon House! We like to cultivate the plants for 3 years prior to planting.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The MRC education programs goal is to offer a unique, fun, and educational experience for students of various ages that focus on science lessons, experiential learning programs, hands-on activities, and field trips to learn about the Indian River Lagoon, enhance STEAM skills, and inspire future careers in environmental science.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

MRC's Youth Educational Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total number of youth field trip presentations that occur both at the Lagoon House and within the classroom.

Number of students educated through field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

MRC's Youth Educational Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are the total number of youth education through a field trip presentation, either at the Lagoon House or in the classroom setting.

Number of meetings held with decision makers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We classify meetings with decision makers as any meetings with coalition partners, politicians (city, county, state, and federal), political advisors, etc.

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Contributions include all donations, membership gifts, and special event gifts. These do not include contract, grants, or services.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are volunteer hours donated to our organization from across all of our programs.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are the total number of members, both annual and sustaining members, that belong to our organization at the end of each calendar year.

Number of trees planted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Mangrove Farm & Shoreline Restoration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total number of mangrove planted each year.

Number of trees cared for

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Mangrove Farm & Shoreline Restoration

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total number of mangroves grown under our care.

Area of land, in hectares, indirectly controlled by the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Area of land, in hectares, directly controlled by the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of invasive species removed from managed area(s)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of invasive species, both treated and removed, from all project sites and land under our direct and indirect control.

Number of linear feet of shoreline restored.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of linear feet of shoreline restored through the use of native plants and mangroves.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The MRC is aiming to publish and maintain the first ever comprehensive health analysis of the entire Indian River Lagoon ecosystem to guide restoration and policy for protecting and improving the water quality and quality of life for the east coast of Florida.

The organization is also aiming to partner with local municipalities to create Low Impact Development standards to ultimately implement statewide, which would result in the infiltration, evapotranspiration or use of stormwater in order to protect water quality and associated aquatic habitat. Urbanization increases the variety and amount of pollutants carried into our nation's waters. In urban and suburban areas, much of the land surface is covered by buildings, pavement and compacted landscapes. These surfaces do not allow rain to soak into the ground which greatly increases the volume and velocity of stormwater runoff. In addition to these habitat-destroying impacts, pollutants from urban runoff include: sediment, oil, grease and toxic chemicals from motor vehicles, pesticides and nutrients from lawns and gardens, viruses, bacteria and nutrients from pet waste and failing septic systems, road salts, heavy metals from roof shingles, motor vehicles and other sources, thermal pollution from impervious surfaces such as streets and rooftops, these pollutants can harm fish and wildlife populations, kill native vegetation, foul drinking water, and make recreational areas unsafe and unpleasant. With Low Impact Development practices we can reduce and reverse the negative impact we have on our environment.

MRC executes science-based research and gathers consensus through invested stakeholder groups to educate the community and steer policy. The organization manages many outreach programs to reach and educate the diverse coastal communities for the adoption of positive changes in behavior for the well-being of Florida's water resources and environment. MRC programming includes a presidential award winning Lagoon Watch citizen science water monitoring program, a citizen science muck mapping program, a citizen outreach speakers bureau, a water saving rain barrel program, a citizen science mangrove farming program, a shoreline restoration program, a groundwater/wastewater monitoring program, a green business sustainability program, adult and youth education programs. MRC also manages the Ted Moorhead Lagoon House Learning Center/IRL National Scenic Byway Welcome Center, the South East North Atlantic Right Whale Monitoring and Conservation Program, a volunteer, internship, and membership program, a conservation awards program, and many annual events to advocate for positive change. For more information please visit SaveTheIRL.org.

MRC has a strong positive wave of support from Florida's east coast communities with direct contact to over 16 thousand followers, and partners with countless organizations including the Spacecoast League of Cities, the National Estuaries Program, the Department of Environmental Protection, St. John's Water Management District, South Florida Water Management District, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex, Northrup Grumman, Harris Corp.

MRC created and advocated the National Estuaries Program into a Federally governing entity
MRC manages the oldest, largest, and only presidential award-winning citizen science water monitoring program
MRC executed the science and advocacy to pass fertilizer ordinances statewide
MRC created the first Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Indian River Lagoon
MRC created and advocated the Indian River Lagoon Act into law
MRC created the first-ever comprehensive health analysis of the entire Indian River Lagoon known as the IRL Health Update
MRC deploys hundreds of water saving rain barrels each year
MRC cultivates and plants thousands of mangroves each year
MRC reaches and educates countless residents, youth groups, & visitors each year
MRC hosts multiple trash and litter pickups each year
Next, we are going to create and advocate state-wide Low Impact Development Programming into law
Next, we are going to expand the data reporting in the IRL Health Update to include tributaries and expand the distribution of the report
Next, we are going to expand our reach into more k-12 grade classrooms and cultivate curriculum for school boards to adopt
Next, we are launching a brand new youth after school education program that will focus on STEM and Lagoon based education
Next, we are launching 8 weeks of full day summer camp to educate and inspire the next generation of Lagoon advocates.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MARINE RESOURCES COUNCIL OF EAST FLORIDA INC

Board of directors
as of 7/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Terry Casto

Strategic Growth Consulting LLC

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

Jim Moir

Bill Cox

Coast Guard Auxiliary

Lady Shirley Beirne

BGH Farm

Dave Botto

Stephen Chalmers

Robert Day

Paul Laura

Southeast Region, Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida

Dr. Ken Lindeman

Florida Institute of Technology

Bo Platt

Surf Rider

Joanie Regan

City of Cocoa Beach

Maureen Maureen Rupe

Turtle Coast Sierra Club

Mike Mulleavey

Jeff Smith

Florida Power and Light

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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