[URGENT] Mosquito Lagoon Is In Danger, And You Can Help Today

By: Joe Simonds on April 9, 2019
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The good news:

With just a simple email (that you can send right now in less than 15 seconds with just a few clicks), you can help save Mosquito Lagoon, one of the world’s best fisheries.

The bad news:

Mosquito Lagoon is in trouble.

Since 2011, seagrass beds have been depleted by 80-90% because of brown tide.

Between 2017 and 2018, documented redfish and trout catches were down 50%+ (and 2017 was already a bad year!).

8-9 years ago, Mosquito Lagoon was ranked #1 out of 28 registered national lagoons.

Today it is ranked #28.

The situation:

There is currently $14 million available in the Merritt Island Mosquito Lagoon Refuge account.

It is set for road repair and dike building, but there’s a loophole.

The refuge (and it’s money) is there to protect the plants and animals of the refuge.

This $14 million can be used to replant seagrass and fix the water flow problem because that is part of the refuge’s core goal.

The catch is, the refuge needs the support and urging of the people to move the funds to start helping the Lagoon now.

That’s where you come in.

What you, I, and every other recreational angler can do is email Kathleen Burchett (regional manager for the National Wildlife Refuge System) and David Jackson (Congressman Posey’s manager) and let them know that we want the funds to be used to start the Mosquito Lagoon seagrass replanting and fix the water flow problem now!

Important Note: We’ve already pre-written the emails for you below the post (including the email addresses for Kathleen and David) so all you need to do is copy, paste, and send

Check out the podcast below for the full story, and scroll down to see how you can quickly and easily email Kathleen Burchett and David Jackson now.

Enjoy!

How You Can Help Save Mosquito Lagoon [Podcast]

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How You Can Help

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Since the money is already in their account, and we are all aware of the problem, all the Merritt Island Mosquito Lagoon Refuge needs is your support to help put this plan into action.

Here’s how you can help:

Step 1 (email Kathleen Burchett: kathleen_burchett@fws.gov ). Highlight and copy the below email.

Hello Kathleen,

I am a fisherman, a voter, and someone who is concerned for Mosquito Lagoon. I just listened to the Salt Strong podcast regarding the opportunity we have as a community to help save the struggling Mosquito Lagoon.

I urge you to please find funding to replace the much-needed seagrass and install the Ocean Flow clean up system to help turn around our Lagoon.

I also urge you to consider removing all commercial fishing in Mosquito Lagoon.

Thank you for your service,

Concerned Voter & Angler

Step 2. Click the link below to open an email to Kathleen Burchett.

Click here to email Kathleen Burchett at kathleen_burchett@fws.gov.

Step 3. Paste the text you just copied into the email.

Step 4. Paste this text into the subject line:

I want to save Mosquito Lagoon today

Step 5. Send!

Step 6 (email David Jackson: david.jackson@mail.house.gov ). Highlight and copy the below email.

Dear David,

I am a fisherman, a voter, and someone who is concerned for Mosquito Lagoon. I just listened to the Salt Strong podcast regarding the opportunity we have as a community to help save the struggling Mosquito Lagoon.

I urge you to please find funding to replace the much-needed seagrass and install the Ocean Flow clean up system to help turn around our Lagoon.

I also urge you to consider removing all commercial fishing in Mosquito Lagoon.

Thank you for your service,

Concerned Voter & Angler

Step 7. Click the link below to open an email to David Jackson.

Click here to email David Jackson at david.jackson@mail.house.gov.

Step 8. Paste the text you just copied into the email.

Step 9. Paste this text into the subject line:

I want to save Mosquito Lagoon today

Step 10. Send!

Step 11. Share this with your friends!

Our goal is to send 5,000 emails to each of these people to let them know that we want to save Mosquito Lagoon now.

The seagrass replanting has already been proven in Crystal River, and with the water flow fix we can stop brown tide from getting into the lagoon again and killing the seagrass.

Alright, let’s start sending some emails and save Mosquito Lagoon today!

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Anonymous

Done!

Beau Williams
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Beau Williams

Being in the seagrass restoration field and producing solid results for over 20 years this sounds great! However it sounds like the funds will be spent padding the pockets of non profit groups or using snake oil Seagrass salesman!! In order to properly replant the lagoon millions of plants will need to be planted. Those plants are not readily available and would need to be produced in large scale Aquaculture facilities. It would be a waste of money to cage plants like done in Crystal River. If you overplant the herbivores you don’t need to spend money on cleaning cages and maintenance! We planted over 100,000 plants in Corpus Christi Texas and achieved 80% survival. Within a year scallops were found within the planting area. This plea for funding sounds like a payday for someone other than the environment!!!

jim Marriott
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jim Marriott

So let’s get real the manatee population is out of control, you love them you protect them and gee they eat all the vegetation, But hey there were very few of them back in 1954, So good luck n a solution.

Judy Potocki
Guest
Judy Potocki

Emails sent!
Thank you for spotlighting this opportunity to show our support for our amazing, fragile waterways and fisheries.

Russ Dettman
Member

Done

Brad Stephens
Member

Emails sent!

Tim Foster
Member

DONE and DONE!!!

Dave Hall
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Dave Hall

Mosquito Lagoon is a fishing resource we anglers and all Floridians need to protect. I have fished there for many years and it is a shame to see what we have done to such a beautiful area.
For those of you who were not around the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon and all inland waterways back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, the fishing was very poor. Then, Florida Sportsmen magazine began to publish petitions in their magazine in an effort similar to this to ban inland waterway netting. Ultimately the indiscriminate gill netting was banned and our fishing resource returned.
By rallying the people and petitioning our state representatives we were able to make positive changes. This is a very valid cause and it is up to all of us to save our natural resources.

Derke Snodgrass
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Derke Snodgrass

I fished the ML and IRL when I was at UCF in 88-92. I wish it was nice enough to take my 16 year old son back there to fish. we probably will go up there soon and take his Gheenoe so that he will have a baseline.
But,
This guy is a NIMBY. He speaks very clearly about the subject but is basing his opinion on five years of experience in the area. He’s got a good schtick but it’s flawed. Listening to anything that a water management district (WMD) suggests is deeply flawed. To put these flood gates/ pipes out to the ocean is deeply flawed. There have been occasional openings after storms but they always close up. There’s a reason for that; it is not the way it’s supposed to be. The WMDs have messed up the watershed all over Florida by doing stuff just like this without fully testing the results. Lowering the impacts of flood events, fertilizing your lawns, spraying herbicides and pesticides all add up to terrible runoff. That runoff goes into your local waters. Planting seagrass is fine but without better water quality and delivery it will not last more than a few seasons or so. I’ll put one answer out there, move back to wherever it is you and your neighbor came from.

Mike Culpepper
Member

I’m assuming this is primarily for the Florida Salt Strong members, since we Texans don’t vote in Florida?

Kevin M Lynch
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Kevin M Lynch

Did not even know where Mosquito Lagoon was located but via Google Earth I do know now. Emails drafted and sent. Would be a pity if the area dies when there may be some solutions out there.

Dave Otte
Member

Done. Thank you for the opportunity. I was heart broken last spring when the only ‘grass’ was ‘algae’.

Chris Hubbard
Member

Does anyone know why Port Canaveral doesn’t open the locks and allow for water exchange? It’s the only inlet that has locks along the east coast, that I’m aware of. With having Sebastian to the south and pounce to the north 100 plus miles away, seems that would create a dead zone in the middle. Along with the pipe rupture and dumping 800k plus gallons of raw sewage. During Hurricane Irma several millions of gallons were dumped into the river in the Melbourne area. Emails sent and shared.

Tony Acevedo
Admin

From what I have heard, if they keep the locks open too long, sand builds up and they have to re-dredge the area, which of course they don’t want to pay for to maintain that often. The residential areas on the Banana River are also not developed to withstand tidal changes which could cause flooding and more damage. If water levels get too high they’ll just pull even more junk into the water. Just too much development and inadequate infrastructure in that area if you ask me. Storm runoff needs to be redirected somewhere else, such as a freshwater reservoir. Not directed into our fragile saltwater ecosystems dumping polluted water into there with no way of naturally filtering it out.

Joel Peterson
Member

Done…thank you for putting this together guys. We’ll keep pushing until real change starts to happen.

Mark Ellenberg
Member

done

Dale Udell
Member

Done and Done!

James Cullipher
Member

Done!

Reynold Palmer
Member

Mantee are eating all the Grass by the roots and their byproduct (poop) is high in Nitrogen. There are too Many Manatees and they don’t Migrate South, as they use too. Because of well meaning Environmentalist. There are heaters at the Electric Plant that must be stopped, then they will migrate further South like they use to for warmer water…

Brent Brown
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Brent Brown

The fix isn’t going to be super easy, but we have anglers like you that are up for the challenge. The grant whores will be the largest challenge.

John Hardiman
Member

Done!!

Justin Winn
Member

E-mails sent!
I really appreciate you guys taking the time to set this up and make it so easy for everyone reach out to these people. This is in my hometown and the lagoon is where I’ve fished all of my life. My kids are getting to the age now where they want to fish with me and I would love to see the lagoon restored to it’s former glory so they can enjoy it like we all have. Thanks again!

John Ross
Guest
John Ross

Done and done

Christopher Hobby
Member

Done and shared!!

Wyatt Parcel
Member

Sent! Conservation should be #1 on every angler’s list. Hopefully, we can get this resolved by getting together and making our voice heard! Thanks for sharing with the Community!

Brent Brown
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Brent Brown

The SJRWMD screwed up in a royal way-just like at Lake Apopka. https://fmel.ifas.ufl.edu/media/fmelifasufledu/7-15-2018-white-paper.pdf The fix isn’t going to be easy. Hard clams, engineered habitat, and macroalgae in the short term to reduce the nutrient load.

David Edwards
Member

Done and done, thanks for organizing this.

David Edwards Chief Fishing Officer https://SaltedAngler.com

Anonymous
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Anonymous

E-mails sent

Jeff Reynolds
Member

Done & shared

Gregory Batchelor
Member

Thanks for getting this out to the membership, Joe. We can do much as a community!

George Dahlquist
Member

Crying Shame!…I’m In!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Done

Guy Leveille
Member

Done!
Thanks Joe for putting this together! IR/ML is my primary fishery. Hoping the Salt Strong Super Community can push this into action!

Shannon McNally
Member

Thank you for caring emails sent!

Tony Turpin
Member

Joe… the Mosquito Lagoon e-mails have been sent. Best wishes. Tony

Ernest Jackson
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Ernest Jackson

Until the Mantee are relocated getting new grass just delays the same outcome. Mantee are unhealthy for the lagoon….I fish there a lot and see first hand. Get all the facts out.

Reynold Palmer
Member

Ernest, that was my first thought, Mantee are eating all the Grass and their byproduct (poop) is high in Nitrogen. There are too Many and they don’t Migrate South, as they use too. Because of well meaning Environmentalist. There are heaters at the Electric Plant that must be stopped, then they will migrate further South like they use to for warmer water…

Jeffrey Stephens
Member

Done!

Roy Beatty
Member

Joe I’m in

Jennifer Katz
Member

DONE!

Nate
Guest
Nate

Done. This one hits particularly close to home for me. Mosquito Lagoon is where I normally fish. Usually launch my kayak from the north side of CNS.

Nick Brent Triolo
Guest
Nick Brent Triolo

Just sent the email borther.

Hal Chittum
Member

I am all for anything that can help return our devastated fisheries to good health but are you not worried that replanting seagrass will not work until the reasons the seagrass died in the first place is fixed?

Gary Rankel
Member

The Mosquito Lagoon, the Indian and St. Lucie Rivers, Lake Okeechobee, Florida Bay, and on, and on, and on. We all need to be writing to our Governor and other elected State and Federal representatives imploring them to start prioritizing clean water and the environment over Big Sugar and other big business and pro-development interests.

Beau Gardner
Member

Done and Done!