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‘Eyes on Seagrass’ volunteer training to be offered July 7th

UF/IFAS Sea Grant Charlotte County is seeking volunteers to participate in the Eyes on Seagrass monitoring program.

"Eyes on Seagrass" is a volunteer seagrass monitoring program created by UF/IFAS Sea Grant Charlotte County in response to disappearing seagrass and increased macroalgae growth in Upper Charlotte Harbor and Lemon Bay.

There will be a monitoring period from July 11-25. Participants will need to form teams of at least three and attend a 2-hour training prior to their first sampling period. Sea Grant will provide monitoring equipment, a dive flag, and a cooler for samples at training. Teams will be responsible for transportation to their assigned sites (via boat, kayak, canoe, or paddleboard) as well as their own water shoes, mask, snorkel, and fins. Gloves and a weight-belt may also be useful.

Summer training will be supported by the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP).

Visit the link below to sign up for the training, which is free and will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mid County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Boulevard, in Port Charlotte.