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14 Jan: Great white sharks caught on video off Florida coast

Satellite Beach angler J.P. Prouty posted these pictures on his Facebook page of a great white shark encountered three days after Christmas off of Brevard County. J.P. Prouty – Facebook Florida, predictably, did not have a white Christmas. But one part of the coast did have a great white holiday. The Canaveral Princess, a party fishing vessel…

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03 Jan: Record nesting for sea turtles on Broward beaches

Turtles really dig Broward County beaches. They built a record number of nests there this year. “We were busy, but it’s all good,” Derek Burkholder, director of the Broward County sea turtle conservation program, said in a release. “We saw the most nests ever in the history of the program, so we don’t mind being…

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14 Dec: Florida Sea Grant: Biscayne Bay Water Watch

The Florida Sea Grant Extension Program in Miami-Dade County is committed to enhancing the practical use and conservation of coastal and marine resources for a sustainable economy and environment. The Citizen Scientist Project is a participant in the Florida Sea Grant Program in the Biscayne Bay Water Watch. The Biscayne Bay Water Watch (BBWW) is…

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03 Nov: Time lapse video shows dramatic rise of king tide

For 60 years, South Miami resident Stuart Grant considered the atoll at Matheson Hammock Park a “backyard pool,” with a sheltered lagoon for family-friendly swimming and a tidy beach dotted with palm trees. Not so much anymore.   On Sunday, Grant set up his camera to document the dramatic flooding that now regularly swamps the…

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30 Oct: Florida’s natural coast shrugs off Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew’s assault on Canaveral National Seashore, spanning 25 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean coast in north Brevard and south Volusia counties, has left the park with months of recovery work. The storm damaged boardwalks and bathrooms, and gouged away as much as a dozen feet of dune nearest to the surf. Partial reopening of…

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01 Oct: Where is bay pollution coming from? Scientists turn to the currents

The University of Miami is conducting a study in Biscayne Bay to better understand how trash, sewage, oil, and harmful algae blooms get transported through South Florida waters by wind and ocean currents. Jose Iglesias Miami Herald In mangroves behind Vizcaya, plastic bottles, tampon applicators and bits of styrofoam regularly get trapped in the tangle…

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30 Sep: Stranded loggerhead sea turtle rescued on Vero Beach

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An adult loggerhead sea turtle has been rescued after it was stranded on Vero Beach. Florida Atlantic University clinical veterinarian Annie Page-Karijan tells the Palm Beach Post that the 300-pound female turtle was discovered Wednesday morning and has been transported to SeaWorld, where it will be diagnosed and undergo rehabilitation. The…

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18 Sep: Initiative to Restore One Million Corals Launches in Florida and the Caribbean

Mote Marine Laboratory and The Nature Conservancy partner on a coral conservation initiative Miami, FL | September 12, 2016 Mote Marine Laboratory and The Nature Conservancy are partnering on a coral conservation initiative that will enable coral restoration at unprecedented scales throughout the Caribbean and the Florida Keys. The collaboration will officially begin on Sept. 12, 2016,…

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29 Aug: County invites candidates: Tour our deteriorating waterways

Martin County officials are inviting Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to do something residents and tourists have been warned to avoid: Tour deteriorating waterways known for “guacamole-thick” algae blooms. According to a statement Friday, the Martin County Board of Commissioners is still waiting for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees to respond. The board sent…

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22 Aug: Environmental groups sue to stop Port Everglades dredge

Environmentalists who fought to clean up PortMiami’s massive dredge filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop a similar expansion at Port Everglades that they say will damage threatened coral. Arguing that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers relied on the same faulty survey methods that left a mile-wide swath of dead coral, the environmentalists and a…

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12 Aug: Boats killing manatees in Florida at record pace

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Boats are killing manatees in Florida at a record-setting pace so far this year. The Naples Daily News reported Saturday that as of July 22 that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had counted 71 manatees hit and killed by boats. That’s at a faster pace than in 2009 when a…

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25 Jul: Cuban migrant vessel with 10 aboard stopped near Key Biscayne

HIGHLIGHTS The 10 migrants will likely be repatriated to Cuba The migrants were not compliant when they were stopped, according to the Coast Guard A Coast Guard helicopter first spotted the makeshift vessel about a mile and half off Key Biscayne Thursday afternoon. Two nearby Coast Guard boats tried to stop the boat with 10…

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15 Jun: Marine Debris Day on the Miami Science Barge

Join the brand new Miami Science Barge as they celebrate World Ocean Month (June 18, 2016) – this day will be dedicated to marine debris. The whole family is invited to tour the barge, participate in activities and then do a neighborhood cleanup to PREVENT trash from getting into the storm drain systems which lead…

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26 May: Government Cut Dredging Badly Damages Local Coral

A December survey by scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that as much as 81% of the reef near the dredging site was buried in sediment. An Army Corps of Engineers contractor report from August found up to 93% of coral death was caused by…