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FCWC receives $8,000 from Marine Trading Post

February 27, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Two months to the day from the town hall meeting where Casey Streeter introduced the Florida Commercial Watermen's Conservation to Pine Islanders, the group received a very generous donation of $8,000 from Marine Trading Post.

"Along with so many other donations, this enables us to purchase our third piece of equipment," Streeter said. "FCWC's main purpose is to contribute our own water testing to help the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other science communities gain a better understanding of the water quality issues and red tide events."

Kell Kellerman, owner of Marine Trading Post, donated $2,000 for each of the four locations of Marine Trading Post for a total of $8,000.

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From left are Joseph Kellerman, Christine Kellermann, Capt. Casey Streeter, Kell Kellerman and Deb Coleman, manager of Pine Bay Gallery.


"Marine Trading Post is a supply store used by almost every commercial fisherman," Streeter said. "They carry boat building supplies, parts and pretty much anything you need for your boat."

The goal of FCWC is to raise funds for the equipment to test the water.

"We will be performing offshore water testing and we are looking to purchase as many YSI water profilers as possible," Streeter said. "This equipment is a multi-reading sensor that can read the salinity, temperature, oxygen and several other things about our water. This is very important data to collect and provide to NOAH and other scientists studying our water."

The proceeds from Bert's recent annual Parade of Mermaids was also donated by Pine Bay Gallery manager Deb Cole. The proceeds amounted to $2,000.

"Now, with this third tester, we'll have three boats collecting data and we hope to have many more," Streeter said. "What we hope to accomplish is to bridge the gap in data collection between the scientists that are researching our red tides, causes, secondary effects, and impacts on our ecosystems."

In addition to Marine Trading Post and Bert's donation of the proceeds of the annual Mermaid Parade, donations were also received by Greater Pine Island Civic Association, Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, Honc Industries, Sterns Home Builders, Island Seafood Market, Bobby Holloway Memorial, Pine Island Auto Care, Matlacha Hookers, Blue water Realty, Uniscape, Traders Hitching Post, Matlacha Menagerie, Capt.Cathy Eagle, Melville Brinson, Pine Island Accounting, Reef Expeditions and numerous private donations.

Donations can also be dropped off at: Island Seafood Market, 4330 Pine Island Road, Matlacha FL 33993.

There is also a paypal option on the FCWC website at



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