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Coral Reefs are underwater ridges created by a colonial organism called coral as it builds its own protective housing. They provide shelter, breeding grounds, and nursery habitat for many ocean inhabitants including ecologically and economically important species. They have one of the highest levels of biodiversity on the planet and protect shores from storms. Coral [...]

Our friends at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued the following important news release at the beginning of August. The bay scallop season off Gulf County remains postponed due to a naturally occurring algae bloom in St. Joseph Bay. The season postponement will continue until scallop samples test safe for human consumption. The [...]

Florida has taken several steps to address the problem of lionfish, an invasive species that can cause the U.S. billions of dollars per year in damages, losses and measures to control them. Among the new measures are yearly lionfish fishing derbies, a phone app designed to help the state collect data and raise awareness of [...]

It’s just around the corner! "Scallopalooza . . . It's Clamtastic!” Sarasota Bay Watch's 7th annual fundraiser for our community-driven bay scallop and southern hardshell clam restoration programs is September 23, 2017 at the gorgeous waterfront Sarasota Yacht Club. Former Sarasota County Commissioner and current Senior Vice President for Community Investment of the Gulf Coast [...]

Part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal program was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). It was a public work relief program designed to provide jobs for young men during the depression. They worked on projects related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state and local governments. The program [...]

“Blue carbon” or coastal habitats may sequester significantly more carbon dioxide than forests. Coastal wetlands have long been recognized for their wildlife values, their vital role in water quality, and their significance in protecting our built environmental during storm events. Scientists, however, have recently begun to document another critically important value: their ability to absorb [...]

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