In our new marine lab, guided by Florida Fishing Academy instructors, students dissect a fish, squid or other marine life.

The need to protect our natural resources has come to a tipping point. The time is ripe, overdue even, to bring a Marine Lab-like program to Palm Beach County. Marine Lab is unique to Florida: a decades-old education field trip that introduces youth to our spectacular underwater world – teeming with fish, sea rays, turtles and other marine creatures, and the reefs they feed on. The problem: It’s in the Keys. Sadly, many local students can’t afford the $200-$250 cost to attend Marine Lab, so a number of schools don’t offer it. Those who can afford it travel more than two hours each way by bus – and end up missing out on a key fact: All that underwater beauty is not exclusive to the Keys. Palm Beach County has some of the best snorkeling, diving and swimming spots in the world. We need a Marine Lab here, one that will teach our kids to appreciate what they have in their own backyard, how to enjoy it, and most of all, what they can do to protect it. Not only will the kids win out, but so will our marine industry, and an economy that relies on it.In our new marine lab, guided by Florida Fishing Academy instructors, students dissect a fish, squid or other marine life.In our new marine lab, guided by Florida Fishing Academy instructors, students dissect a fish, squid or other marine life.