Rookery Bay Reserve Hosts State of the Coast Meeting

May 14, 2015


NAPLES, Fla. – Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve hosted State of the Coast today, bringing together community and business leaders with environmental scientists and coastal managers for discussions about Collier County’s coastal environment and economy.

“Science is an important tool that can help inform local coastal decisions,” said Gary Lytton, director for Rookery Bay Reserve. “Today was a great opportunity to engage our local scientists and decision-makers to gain a greater understanding of connections between coastal science and management and the local economy.”

Presentations included research updates from local scientists, discussions about collaborative watershed management and an overview of economic links to the coast. Attendees visited exhibit booths hosted by reserve staff and enjoyed a lunch presentation by David Holst, NOAA’s National Ocean Service deputy director.

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