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On November 15th the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the award of more than $370 million from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for 25 projects in five Gulf states, including four critical projects in Florida. In 1984, Congress created NFWF and it has become one of the largest conservation grant-makers in the world. [...]

Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Division released its final acoustic guidance to better predict how man-made underwater sounds affect marine mammal hearing. They will use the guidance in their assessments and authorizations of offshore activities that produce underwater noise. This was followed a month later by the final version of its plan [...]

A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida from Pinellas to Collier counties. Fish kills affecting multiple species have been reported along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties. The public has questions about whether they can eat seafood. The following information from FWC should answer some of the [...]

We’ve been on the water! Sarasota Bay Watch has been out on the water a lot recently. Again this year we’ve partnered with Mote Marine Laboratory to put adult scallops in cages in the bay, measure growth rates, clean barnacles, oysters and algae off the scallops and swap out clean cages when the old ones [...]