ONE HEALTH - FISH MONITORING

CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT

 

ORCA’s One Health program is focused on studying the transfer of toxins from the Indian River Lagoon to humans and animals.

Our One Health: Fish Monitoring project is designed to collect data related to the accumulation of toxins (naturally occurring) and toxicants (manmade) in fish living in the Indian River Lagoon and contributing waters (e.g. Lake Okeechobee, canals).

 

Engaging Citizen Scientists in this project allows us to create a large data set that is continually growing –  both spatially and temporally.  The data collected in this project provides evidence of the degree to which specific pollutants are accumulating in the aquatic food chain – which then may be transferred to humans and other animals that eat fish.  It will also provide evidence to support our efforts to localize sources of specific pollutants.

 

Citizen Scientists can participate in this project by collecting fish. They can also participate in the collection, processing and analysis of tissue samples from the fish.

 

 

Watch this webinar to get started:

Introduction to ORCA's One Health Fish Monitoring Webinar

 

If you have fish to donate to this project, here are a few important things to remember:

 

  • Keep fish whole and on ice (or keep frozen)
  • Make sure it is legal and in season
  • Label with date, time caught, and location (GPS or if you don't want to give away your favorite fishing spot, click here to view our county sector maps)
  • Fish should be from Indian River Lagoon and connecting waterways.

Fish drop off locations:

ORCA's Center for Citizen Science: 2515 Airport North Dr, Bldg B, Vero Beach *Please call first to arrange drop off 772-770-6702

Snook Nook Bait & Tackle: 3595 NE Indian River Dr, Jensen Beach

The Fishing Center: 600 US-1, Fort Pierce

DeBrooks Fishing Corner: 107 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Pierce

Professional Outfitters: 1204 US-1, Vero Beach
Rigg's Outpost: 990 E Melbourne Ave, Melbourne

Man Overboard Bait & Tackle: 1825 S Patrick Dr, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

Doc’s Bait House: 588 W Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island, FL 32952

Last Chance Bait & Tackle: 1750 Sea Ray Dr Exit 52 Off Of 528, Merritt Island, FL 32952-5463

 

Contact Hannah Atsma with any questions regarding this project. hatsma@teamorca.org

 

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Mailing Address: PO Box 4291, Fort Pierce, FL 34948

Center for Citizen Science: 2515 Airport N Drive, Bldg B, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Engineering Office: 140 Tomahawk Drive, Unit 6, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

 

P: 772.467.1600

ORCA is dedicated to the protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies, science-based conservation action and community education and outreach.

 

Please help support our mission.

ORCA is a non-profit, non-governmental conservation organization tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) IRS. Contributions are tax-deductible.

 

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Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc.

 

Mailing Address:
PO Box 4291, Fort Pierce, FL 34948

Center for Citizen Science:
2515 Airport N Drive, Bldg B, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Engineering Office:
140 Tomahawk Drive, Unit 6, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

 

P: 772.467.1600

 

inquiries@teamorca.org

ORCA is dedicated to the protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies, science-based conservation action and community education and outreach.

 

Please help support our mission.

Connect with ORCA

Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc.

 

Main Office:
PO Box 4291, Fort Pierce, FL 34948

Center for Citizen Science:
2515 Airport N Drive, Bldg B, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Engineering Office:
140 Tomahawk Drive, Unit 6, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

 

P: 772.467.1600

 

inquiries@teamorca.org