SCF Alum to Host Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Nov. 3 at Mote Laboratory

(Bradenton, Fla., November 1, 2012) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) alum Sean Russell will present the second annual Youth Ocean Conservation Summit from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Nov. 3, at Mote Marine Laboratory.

About 160 middle and high school students will attend the summit for the opportunity to learn more from marine scientists and conservationists about the current threats facing marine ecosystems.

Guests from local conservation organizations will give presentations on their efforts to conserve the environment, help students identify issues in their hometowns and assist them in developing an action plan with solutions and a timeline to complete their goals.

Afternoon workshops will provide students with the knowledge and resources to make their project successful. Workshops will cover topics on how to raise funds for their project, work with business partners, participate in citizen journalism and creatively communicate messages through social media, film and art.

At last year's Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, students were inspired to lead community beach cleanups, start school recycling programs, work with conversation groups on restoration projects and participate in community advocacy in their hometowns.

Russell is a student at the University of Florida and a 2011 graduate of SCF. His experience at SCF prepared him to study biology at the university-level, and classes taught by Dr. Matthew Keirle, SCF associate professor, natural sciences, and other SCF professors increased his interest in pursuing a career in science education.

Russell is project director of the "Stow It-Don't Throw It" Project, which was founded in September 2008 to inspire youth to become involved in ocean conservation bymaking and distributing personal-sized fishing line recycling bins to anglers and boaters and educating the public about sustainable fishing practices.

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