Given the months long red tide bloom on the southwest coast of Florida, many of our residents and visitors have questions and concerns about consuming and harvesting shellfish. We asked Becky Lazensky, MPH, an Epidemiologist with the Aquatic Toxins Program, Public Health Toxicology, Bureau of Epidemiology, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, Florida Department [...]

Help for Ailing Reefs

Coral reefs are essential to millions of plant and animal species in our marine ecosystem. Over the past three decades, coral reefs in the western Atlantic and the Caribbean have been damaged by diseases, storms and coral predators. Warm ocean temperatures have bleached out the coral and additional ecological decline has caused sea urchins and [...]

Scientists from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a team of American colleagues including researchers at the Walt Disney World Resort recently published their study findings on the whistling of both wild and captive bottlenose dolphins. Earlier research found that bottlenose dolphins name themselves, with dolphins having a signature whistle. They learn their [...]

Alerts about dangerous red tide levels will now be sent out by the National Weather Service following the latest red tide bloom that is still bringing dead fish and noxious air to our southwest gulf beaches. Since June the weather service has issued experimental alerts on beach hazards such as riptides, but had no comprehensive [...]

The State Department of Environmental Protection recently “solicited the lists of possible springs projects from the water management districts as part of a planning exercise to help establish a list that could provide a starting point should funding become available,” according to DEP spokeswomen Dee Ann Miller and reported in the Tampa Bay Times. She [...]

Is it possible to increase the populations of two of the Gulf of Mexico’s most popular sport and food fish by raising and releasing small fry? Marine biologists are trying to learn just that. In recent years hundreds of thousands of spotted seatrout, known as specks, and thousands of red snapper fingerlings have been released, [...]

Recently the French Polynesia and Cook islands joined six countries – Palau, Maldives, Honduras, Bahamas, Marshall Islands and Tokelau in creating shark sanctuaries. The new additions are adjacent to each other and span 2.5 million square miles of ocean. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature a third of all shark species face [...]

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