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Coastal Watch, SCCF collecting mangrove propagules

By Staff | Oct 21, 2020
PHOTO PROVIDED Coastal Watch Conservation Initiative Coordinator Kealy McNeal is recruiting volunteers for a mangrove planting project.
SCCF Red mangrove propagules

Coastal Watch and the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Marine Lab are teaming up for a mangrove planting project on Nov. 6 on Hemp Key in the Pine Island Sound. Volunteers are needed to collect red mangrove propagules for the restoration effort. Five-gallon buckets can be picked up at the Sanibel Sea School, at 455 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, or lab, at 900 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel. Filled buckets can be dropped off at the same sites no later than Nov. 4. The best location for collecting propagules is along Dixie Beach Boulevard. They also can be collected from the beach if they are not dried out and brown. The best propagules will be green, with no brown spots or wrinkles. On Nov. 6, the team will load the buckets onto the R/V Norma Campbell from the lab and take a one-hour boat ride to Hemp Key. For those interested in helping with the planting, space is limited to 10 volunteers. Planting mangroves is labor intensive and can take up to 4-5 hours in the hot subtropical climate. To volunteer to help with the planting, contact Kealy McNeal at coastalwatch@sanibelseaschool.org.