4ocean Cleans Cape Romano For Redbull’s Privateers Event

4ocean hosted a mangrove cleanup at Redbull’s Second Annual Privateers Event in Cape Romano, Florida, to raise awareness about the threat of ocean plastic to these critical marine habitats. Learn more at https://4ocean.com/pages/marine-nurseries.

The Redbull Second Annual Privateers Event in February 2019 featured a treasure hunt just for stand-up paddle boarders. Participants had 2.5 hours to race through a maze of mangroves on Ten Thousand Islands, collect 15 gold doubloons from each hidden treasure chest, and make it across the finish line in the shortest amount of time to win.

4ocean helped sponsor the event and the 4ocean Community Cleanup Team hosted a free cleanup of the Ten Thousand Islands area, which is home to one of the world’s largest mangrove systems. Redbull event participants joined 4ocean staff in cleaning up the mangroves and learned about how important these habitats are to the entire marine ecosystem.

Mangroves serve as nurseries for baby sea animals. Many of the world’s fish catches are directly or indirectly dependent on mangrove forests. It’s estimated that 75% of game fish and 90% of commercial fish species in South Florida alone depend on the mangrove system for survival.

Mangrove systems provide shelter and nutrient-rich nursery grounds for young fish, crustaceans, mollusks, coastal and wading birds, manatees, and countless other marine species. They prevent erosion and protect coastal communities and coral reefs from the impacts of large storms like hurricanes and typhoons. Mangroves are great natural filters that serve as powerful carbon sinks, which helps regulate the climate and counteract the effects of climate change. They also support human life, wellness, and culture.

While mangrove forests are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world, they’re also one of the most threatened. Unless we take drastic and immediate action to protect and restore mangroves, it’s estimated that we’ll lose these critical ecosystems by 2100.

In 2018, we launched the 4ocean Marine Nursery Bracelet in partnership with Conservation International to help protect mangroves and all the species that rely on them to survive. Each bracelet purchased pulls one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines and supports the important work Conservation International is doing to save our mangroves. Get the bracelet here: https://4ocean.com/products/marine-nursery-bracelet

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