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Snowbirds aren’t the only ones who have come to Florida to escape the cold weather. In December dozens of cold-stressed sea turtles were delivered to Central Florida from New England, where they were being rescued in record numbers. The turtles arrived in Orlando by a Coast Guard plane, in a flight arranged by the National [...]

The worst red tide to impact Florida since 2007 continues to wreak havoc on our southwest gulf beaches. The bloom started at the end of September and now stretches for 140 miles from Pinellas thru Collier County. In mid-January, the highest concentrations of toxins from the bloom were found off Sarasota County shores with dead [...]

With so much focus lately on red tide we reached out to our Red Tide Alliance partner at the Florida Department of Health’s Aquatic Toxins Program and asked them to talk to our readers about red tide and the work that they do in their department. They have shared the following information with us: Harmful [...]

Mote Marine Laboratory scientists recently published a study in the journal “PLOS ONE”, that showed baby corals of some species are vulnerable to Deepwater Horizon oil and are especially likely to die when exposed to dispersants used during a spill. The Deepwater Horizon rig spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf [...]

In 2000, Congress passed a multibillion dollar Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. In 2010, one of the Plan’s funded projects began construction on the Spreader Canal, one of a dozen initiatives that aimed to restore the natural flow of freshwater through the Everglades into the ailing Florida Bay. The project’s official dedication was recently marked with [...]

A study recently published in the journal Science found that the majority of the world’s fisheries are declining but could recover if properly managed. The paper found that “over 40 percent of fisheries have crashed or are overfished, producing economic losses in excess of $50 billion per year.” This is the first time researchers have [...]

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