SMFCF will be hosting an awesome clean this Saturday 11/10/2018 at the St. Augustine Lighthouse Park and boat ramp. If you haven’t been there before you are in for a treat. We are going to have some fun!
Please RSVP for the event by clicking the link below if you’re attending. This will help us keep track of your service hours.
On Saturday, September 15, 2018 groups from all over the world headed to the shorelines to participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean-up, an initiative that focuses on “harnessing the power of people to fight ocean trash”. Several organizations could be found combing the beaches all over Florida. The Sol Margin Fishing and Conservation Foundation (SMFCF), a local nonprofit based out of St. Augustine, posted up at Mickler’s Landing in Ponte Vedra—one of the most popular beaches in St. Johns County—to help in the Ocean Conservancy’s mission. Over 100 volunteers answered the call to clean and arrived ready to be put to work. Groups covered the parking lot at Mickler’s Landing, as well as explored the beaches north and south of the landing, picking up any trash along the way. Participants then logged their findings on the Clean Swell App that tracks the type of trash collected as well as converts it to pounds to help record data that is then sent to the Ocean Conservancy for research. Volunteer groups were surprised to find that the beach had been contaminated with millions of microplastic threads that littered the sandy beaches. Additionally, upon closer examination of the waterline, fiberglass debris was also in abundance. Participants collected several bags full but it was almost impossible to gather such tiny particles that had saturated such a large area. One volunteer hypothesized that the debris could have come from Hurricane Florence, while others were left to their own conclusions. Seeing this type of manmade waste in our environment was disheartening, but through clean-ups such as this one, even a little effort can make a big impact. The President of SMFCF, Sam Baker, states that “the whole reason we are out here is so that we can make a difference. If not a huge environmental impact, we can at least instill a since of responsibility to our youth and next generations, teaching them to be good stewards of their environment. I am so glad to see such a diverse group come together. We have families here with small children, students from St. Johns Virtual School, Girl Scout troops, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as, corporations-Hoegh Autoliners—to all come out with a common goal.”
We're a nonprofit who aims to educate the community & fellow anglers about habitat & wildlife conservation. Through your purchase we will be able to fulfill our mission and you will display your support when wearing this awesome shirt.
Sponsorships to Wildlife Educational Camps, Conservation, Community Events, and Training Events.
All Scouts and their families. We will be offering merit badge classes from 8:30am-4:30pm. They include Fishing, Golf, Emergency Preparedness and First Aid. Admission is $15 per Scout that includes shirt and lunch.
Additionally, we are proud to host the Snook and Gamefish Foundation, Florida Wildlife Conservation and a speaker additional organizations that will be educating Scouts on conservation efforts and showing interesting displays.
The River Base Camp has opened up two large sites for us to use free of charge. Your troop can come join us the night before on Friday, April 27, but spaces are limited and are "first come, first served." If you haven't been to the BSA River Base, you'll be impressed! There are basketball courts, fire pits, archery ranges, rock walls, a pool, and so much more. If those don't entertain your troops, fishing is always an option as the camp is situated right on the St. Johns River. This will be an event that you don't want to miss.