Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2015
CONTACT: Patrician Price, 904-823-4506

~Estuarine activities provide awareness of the benefits of estuaries

Family seining will be offered during National Estuaries Day.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) invites families to celebrate National Estuaries Day and to explore a thriving estuarine habitat in Guana Lake. Various fish and crab species can be collected with a seine net and then learn about them with your guide. This event and all necessary gear, including waders and boots, are provided.

"These National Estuaries Day activities being held across the country focus on the importance of unique coastal habitats," said Michael Shirley, director of the GTM Research Reserve. "We are excited to host this family seining event and educate our local community about the critters that live within our local estuary and why they are so vital to the ecosystem."

National Estuaries Week, September 19-26, celebrates the unique habitats where rivers meet the sea. Florida’s estuaries provide more than 95 percent of the state’s recreational and commercial industries fish, crustaceans and shellfish. Estuaries also improve water quality in nearby rivers, filtering future drinking water. Show support by using #CelebrateTheCoast via social media.

For more information about the family seining event or to sign up, click here or call 904-823-4500.

WHAT:        National Estuaries Day Family Seining Event

WHO:          GTM Research Reserve

WHEN:        Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015
                   11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

WHERE:      GTM Research Reserve, Guana Dam
                   505 Guana River Road
                   Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
About the GTM Research Reserve
The GTM Research Reserve is one of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves across the nation focused on researching, educating and protecting the natural biodiversity and cultural resources within the estuary. It is managed by Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Environmental Education Center is located at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, 32082. For more information about the GTM Research Reserve, please call 904-823-4500 or visit our website at