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Ostego Bay Marine Science Center to hold open house for National Estuary Week

September 19, 2018
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, National Estuaries Week (NEW) is a nationwide celebration of our bays and estuaries and the many benefits they provide to us all. Much like Estero Bay, estuaries provide vital food supplies, clean water, and support the local economy. Yet more than a quarter century after the first National Estuaries Day in 1988, threats to our estuaries and coasts have never been more pressing.

We invite the public to join us Saturday, Sept. 22, at 718 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, in celebration of our estuaries and the vital role they play in our community.

The open house in celebration of the 30th anniversary of National Estuaries Week will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

We have lost more than half the nation's original coastal wetlands over the past 200 years. Everything from salt marshes along the Atlantic and Pacific shorelines to the mangrove swamps ringing Florida and the Gulf Coast have seen declines.

With the ongoing concern about our nation's economic and financial health, it is important to recognize the value that protecting and restoring our estuaries delivers to both our local economy and nation.

Nationally, our coasts and estuaries are worth nearly $1 trillion annually to the American economy. Coastal waters add more than $800 billion in trade and commerce and tens of billions in recreational dollars. 43 percent of us live in coastal areas, accounting for 40 percent of all employment nationally 69 million jobs in all and a whopping 43 percent of our overall economic output. Here in Fort Myers Beach alone, the commercial fishing industry contributes over 80 million dollars to our local economy second only to tourism.

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Locally, the San Carlos Island based Ostego Bay Foundation Inc. is doing its part to help educate and inform residents and vacationers the importance of our estuaries, especially Estero and San Carlos Bays. In fact, we have many volunteers eager to meet our goals.

About the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center

Founded in 1991, the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center is a self-funded 501(3)(c) nonprofit educational organization. The mission of the Ostego Bay Foundation, Inc. is to promote the understanding, preservation and enhancement of our unique marine environment through education, research and community involvement. The Foundation provides interactive educational experiences to encourage stewardship of our natural resources. Call the Science Center at 239-765-8101 or visit for more information



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