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New Report Finds Shark-Related Diving Generated Over $221 Million for Florida in 2016

Oceana Says National Shark Fin Trade Ban Needed to Help Protect Sharks Oceana- Washington DC March 21, 2017- Today, Oceana released a new report finding that shark-related dives in Florida generated more than $221 million in revenue and fueled over 3,700 jobs in 2016. The independent report, commissioned by Oceana, highlights the stark contrast between the […]

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Feeding Wild Dolphins Can Hurt Them, New Study Says

Newswise February 14, 2017 — Wild dolphins are more likely to be injured if humans feed them — even through unintentional means like discarding bait — reports a new study based in Sarasota Bay, Florida, and published recently in the peer-reviewed journal Royal Society Open Science. The researchers investigated why bottlenose dolphins begin seeking human-provided […]

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North Florida Springs Alliance Newsletter 4th Quarter 2016

The North Florida Springs Alliance is a Citizens Support Organization made up of dedicated volunteers who help maintain and improve Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park, Madison Blue Spring State Park, and Troy Spring in North Florida. All visitors to the parks, both divers and non-divers, benefit from their work. The NFSA monthly newsletter helps […]

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Coral Reefs Grow Faster and Healthier When Parrotfish Are Abundant

Newswise January 27, 2017- Caribbean coral reefs have become biologically and economically degraded habitats. The relative weight of the big factors in this ecological catastrophe–pollution, overfishing, warming and ocean acidification–is hotly debated by marine biologists. A new study compiling 3,000 years of change in reefs in the western Caribbean by Smithsonian scientists and colleagues reveals compelling […]

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REEF Releases New App for Invasive Lionfish Sightings for iPhone & Android

THE OUTDOOR WIRE December 2, 2016- Divers and lionfish hunters can now view and report lionfish sightings and removals in real-time throughout the invaded region. Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is pleased to announce the official release of “REEF Lionfish Sightings,” a map-based app that will allow users to view and report lionfish sightings and […]

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Florida Crowns Lionfish King

THE OUTDOOR WIRE November 18, 2016-  Shortly after announcing the removal of more than 100,000 lionfish from Florida waters, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at the Nov. 17 meeting in St. Petersburg, presented a custom-made, mounted metal lionfish trophy to the FWC’s first-ever Lionfish King, David Garrett. “Thanks to David and the […]

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John Chatterton Wreck Diving Workshop in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida

“Perfection? Impossible, but striving for perfection keeps us going.” – John Chatterton at the Advanced Wreck Diving Theory and Tactics Workshop – Bugfest-By-The-Sea 2016 Each year the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea hosts Bugfest-By-The-Sea, which is a celebration of the Florida Lobster Sportsman’s Season.  The two-day “Mini-Season” always falls on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of […]

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Non-Native Blotched Foxface Fish Found in Florida Waters

Fish Marks 36th Non-Native Marine Fish Species Found in State U.S. Geological Survey October 12, 2016- A tropical fish that calls the West Pacific Ocean home has been documented outside of its native range for the first time, making it Florida’s newest non-native marine fish species. A citizen scientist spotted a popular aquarium fish, the blotched […]

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