How to Love Your Lagoon

Educate Yourself

Support organizations and participate in activities throughout the community that focus on lagoon health. Go to public lectures, classes and interpretive centers that are offered at many locations along the lagoon.

Educate Others

Support programs to educate our families, schoolchildren, neighbors, businesses, state and tourists about the importance of the lagoon to our economy, our environment and our quality of life, the unique nature of this biodiverse estuary and the interconnectedness of the lagoon to our human activities.

Take Responsibility

•Use the least amount of fertilizer necessary on your lawn
•Ensure that your septic system is operating properly and does not leak
•Avoid seagrass beds with your boat
•Make sure none of your monofilament or other fishing/boating supplies fall into the lagoon
•Do not feed or interact with marine mammals and other wildlife in the lagoon

Support Research

Support the organizations that do basic research to understand the lagoon, its organisms and our relationship to the health of both. To learn more about supporting Harbor Branch research, visit

Support Leadership

Ask your elected officials to share this “Love Your Lagoon” philosophy and pledge to work with other officials in their districts and in state and federal government to ensure that our lagoon can continue to be an economic resource and source of pleasure for all of us.

Enjoy Your Lagoon

Get out and experience your lagoon! Take your children and grandchildren for a walk along the shore, get onto a boat or a paddleboard and enjoy one of the most biodiverse estuaries in North America!


2012 Nathaniel Reed (deceased)
2013 Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr. (deceased)
2014 Alma Lee Loy (deceased)
2015 Mark Perry
2016 Dr. Mary Rice (deceased)
2017 Diane Barile
2018 The Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Principal Investigators
2019 Former Senate President Joe Negron
2020 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
2022 Congressman Brian Mast

About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation:

The mission of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation is to support Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, a research institute of Florida Atlantic University. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation (HBOIF) supports marine science and engineering research and education by funding HBOI-FAU efforts to advance understanding of oceans and coastal areas through exploration and scientific inquiry. For more information, visit

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute:
Founded in 1971, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research community of marine scientists, engineers, educators and other professionals focused on Ocean Science for a Better World. The institute drives innovation in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, ocean observing systems and marine education. For more information, visit