MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - Captain Donald Voss has a passion for keeping the Indian River Lagoon clean.
Since 2001 the Vietnam vet, and his team of volunteers, has been picking up trash from the bottom of the lagoon.
"We've removed over 400 thousand pounds of debris from the water," he said.
Because of all of the trash found, he started the Marine Clean Up Initiative. "The Donald Ross bridge down in Jupiter to the Sebastian State Park... 96 miles of the Indian River Lagoon, the tributaries and all of the islands."
Captain Voss says the area is ideal for wildlife.
"The sea turtles this is where they come to lay their eggs. Sixty percent of all sea turtles in our waters come to our beaches here. It's a magical place and it deserves to be taken care of so that our children can see it and their children after that because we have to be good stewards of our environment."
He also shares his environmental message with kids. "I've talked to about 11 thousand kids in the last five years, made them water warriors. I wear a large shark's tooth and I give them a little shark tooth."