Conservation made fun

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:27 AM.

Riney, though, notes he is one among many. A greater goal is to use the latest technology and social media to create a network of ocean advocates around the globe, both engaging a younger generation and broadening awareness.

In bringing awareness to his non-profit and its goal, Expedition Florida 500 was a perfect fit. Riney’s project is a signature project for the celebration sponsored by the Florida Department of State and Riney’s project also receives logistical support from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

“What an amazing platform this is to raise awareness about the waters of Florida and to raise awareness of my (non-profit),” Riney said.

Panama CityBeachresident Gabriel Gray, owner of Walkin’ on Water Paddle Boards, joined Riney’s conservation movement last year, accompanying him on a number of conservation paddles throughout the state to prepare for the upcoming expedition.

Riney completed six conservation paddles to train and raise awareness for the cause, through the St. Johns River, Apalachicola River, Kissimmee River, Indian River Lagoon, Everglades and Florida Keys. 

They learned the environment and worked out the kinks for the project ahead.

“The two unique elements of the project are one this is happening in real time,” Riney said. “It is tangible, people can connect to it.

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