In honor of Earth Day, April 22, three community partners are working together in a fishing line recycling and recovery initiative originally designed by Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, produced by Pine View School’s Civics students, Sustainability@PV members, and PeaceJam Ambassadors in Osprey, and now featured on boats in Freedom Boat Club’s extensive Southwest Florida fishing fleet.
All three organizations are participating in the “Stow It-Don’t Throw It” initiative, a program originally conceived in 2008 by Mote Senior Biologist Kim Bassos-Hull and Mote high school intern Sean Russell, current project director of Stow It-Don’t Throw It.
Mote Marine Laboratory honored its volunteers — including some who have served for more than 25 years — and recognized their valuable contributions to the Lab’s mission.
“You all are really something special,” said Dr. Michael P. Crosby, President and CEO of Mote. “It has been a busy year, and you’ve been right in the middle of our growth and impact,” Crosby said. “You’ve helped us educate hundreds of thousands of people, and you’ve served every area of this Lab from science and education to administration and facilities.”