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Pick it up- ANYTIME! ANYWHERE!
Mission Clean Beaches is a non-profit organization established in 2012 on the Central East coast of Florida in the United States. We are a marine conservation group dedicated to protecting and preserving the oceans and marine life. Our mission is to study and mitigate the impacts of marine litter, especially plastics, on sea turtles and other marine animals.
Our primary research focus is on plastics ingestion in sea turtles. We study the incidence and effects of plastics ingestion in sea turtles through field surveys and necropsies, with the goal of better understanding the extent of the problem and identifying potential solutions.
In addition to our research efforts, we also perform marine litter surveys in coastal and marine environments. These surveys help us to assess the types and quantities of marine litter present in different locations, and to identify areas where cleanup efforts may be needed.
We work collaboratively with other organizations, research institutions, and our local communities to share knowledge and develop effective solutions for addressing marine litter and its impacts. Our goal is to create a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable ocean ecosystem for all. Through our work, we aim to raise awareness about the critical importance of marine conservation and to inspire individuals and communities to take action to protect our oceans and the marine life that depend on them. Join us in our mission to protect our oceans and the animals that call them home!
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
She has over 15 years of experience working with marine turtles, coastal conservation and performing coastal field work. Current research projects focus on plastics ingestion, diet composition, and the physiological effects of plastics on marine species, particularly marine turtles. Nikia is the Executive Director and manages all research projects and outreach programs for MCB. She has served on the BOD of multiple local non profits here in Brevard county, specializing in conservation and wildlife. Currently, she serves on the BOD of Wild Florida Rescue as their Director of Education.
How did we get started?
The founder is a
sea turtle biologist!
IN HER WORDS...
MCB was created in the spring of 2012 after being inspired by the years of walking the local beaches of Brevard County. I was then working on my graduate studies in marine biology at Florida Institute of Technology. I was waiting to begin my own sea turtle research (actually on the retina of sea turtles), but the International CITES permits were taking a bit longer than expected. I started walking the beaches daily and began to realize the horrible connection of sea turtles and other marine species to marine litter, especially plastics ingestion and entanglement.
What is the good thing about litter?!?!
You can help by getting out there and picking it up-- ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!
It doesn't matter where you are, everything leads to the BIG BLUE! So the next time you go out on a stroll bring a bag with you to pick up a few pieces!
To provide a platform for environmental awareness and action, specifically marine litter. We are turning awareness into action by cleaning up the beaches, advocating for more sustainability practices globally, and performing research projects on the impacts of marine litter to the wildlife and ecosystem.
Educational outreach is an integral part of the mission of MCB and we achieve this through public outreach at a local, regional, and international level utilizing workshops, seminars, symposia, and other educational platforms all the way from school settings to social media!
TURNING AWARENESS INTO ACTION
PROMISES INTO PRACTICES!
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