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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration describes marine debris as any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or Great Lakes. It is a global problem that threatens our oceans, Great Lakes, and waterways and can affect navigation safety, [...]

In early December, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), gave an update on the agency’s efforts to address nonnative fish and wildlife. Florida’s subtropical climate supports the establishment of nonnative species and allows some species to thrive once they have escaped or been introduced. When a nonnative species becomes a threat to native [...]

Every year for the past twelve years a NOAA sponsored report has been issued on how the arctic region is faring environmentally. The peer reviewed report brings together the work of scores of scientists from across the world to report on air, ocean, land and ecosystem changes in the Far North. It is a key [...]

Sarasota Bay Watch thanks our Manatee-Sarasota community for a tremendous outpouring of support and participation this year. 2017 was very busy and productive, with a broad range of activities to help restore and protect our precious waterways. Our team of volunteer board members and advisor worked tirelessly and passionately to host events, activities, community outreach, [...]

In November, Gov. Scott issued several press releases regarding his environmental funding proposal for the 2018-2019 Florida budget. He is proposing more than $1.7 billion funding for the Florida Department of Environmental Protections, a more than $220 million increase over the current year. The proposed funding will include: • An investment of $55 million for [...]

Manatees on the Move

November is Manatee Awareness Month in Florida. It is also a time that they begin migrating to warmer inland waters. They may have left a little earlier this year due to an early November cold snap. When coastal water temperatures drop to 70 degrees, these tropical marine mammals move inland in search of warmer waters. [...]

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program was established in 1991, as a regional alliance to coordinate and protect the overall protection and restoration of the bay with the assistance and support from its many formal and informal partners. They accomplish this by financing cutting-edge research into key problems impacting the bay; sponsoring demonstration projects to test [...]

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