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21 Jan: Water managers take steps to improve South Florida bays

Biscayne Bay and Florida Bay, the two massive and ailing shallow bays that draw tourists and dollars from around the globe, both got a little first aid Thursday. South Florida water managers signed off on two measures designed to bring more freshwater to both. While they represent only a fraction of what’s ultimately needed, the…

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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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08 Jan: Rare longfin mako sharks journey through Keys waters

A rare species of mako shark swims through Florida Keys waters as it roams from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, says a new scientific paper jointly published by researchers with Mote Marine Laboratory and Cuba’s University of Havana. Two longfin makos were tagged with satellite-tracking devices in an effort to learn more…

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20 Dec: Bottlenose dolphins found with record-high levels of mercury

November 30, 2016 Bottlenose dolphins swimming off the Florida Everglades, beloved for zipping alongside lonely boaters in the remote bays and rivers chiseled out of the vast marshes, have the highest levels of mercury ever documented in the mammals, researchers have found. But why that is may not be so easy to unravel. The findings…

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05 Dec: Florida says no to Everglades drilling near Miramar site

A South Florida family that made its fortune in real estate and asked to drill in Everglades marshes has been turned down by state environmental regulators. In a notice Wednesday, the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation said Kanter Real Estate failed to prove the likelihood of enough oil to merit exploratory drilling. Kanter submitted an…

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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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28 Sep: Controversial shark dives may be banned in federal waters

Lured by hunks of bloody fish, the sharks come excitingly close. Great hammerheads, tiger sharks, silky sharks and other members of the most feared family of fish dart around the divers — clients of dive boat operators who specialize in this extreme side of the scuba business. The dive companies, located in South Florida, California,…

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13 Aug: Recycling is up in Florida, officials say

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians are recycling more according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. DEP officials on Monday released a report that says Florida’s overall recycling rate in 2015 was 54 percent. That total figure, however, includes more than just traditional recycling of items, such as glass and paper. It also includes the…

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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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02 Jun: New UM Laboratory to Study Hurricanes

The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) of the University of Miami has created a laboratory feature that allows them to generate tropical storm conditions in a controlled environment. The laboratory features a clear acrylic tank about 75 feet long and 6.5 feet wide and is known as the Surge-Structure-Atmosphere Interaction or SUSTAIN.  The…

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31 May: Hurricane Hunter Planes to Get $42M Upgrades

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that two hurricane hunter planes, named “Miss Piggy” and “Kermit”, will receive $42M upgrades. The upgrades will include new Rolls-Royce engines, new wings and better radar. The planes have been in service for 38-years, undergo routine maintenance and had their last big overhaul more than a…

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26 May: Miami-Dade Leads State in Boating Accidents in 2014

The waters of Miami-Dade County were the most dangerous for boaters in 2014. For the second year in a row, Miami-Dade led the state in boating accidents. According to the 2014 Boating Accidents Statistical Report released Friday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Miami-Dade’s 79 boating accidents last year left 10 dead, 47…

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19 Dec: Arctic Warming

The following information was taken from a 18 December article in the New York Times. The Arctic continues to warm faster than the rest of the globe. Specifically, Arctic snow cover, measured since 1967 was below average. In April, a record low was observed in the Eurasian portion of the Arctic. In the Chukchi sea,…

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17 Dec: Plastic Levels in the Ocean

The following information appeared in a December 11, 2014 article in the New York Times. Using observations and results from numerical models of the ocean, which are similar to the models used to forecast weather, scientists have begun to estimate the amount of plastic in the sea. One study estimated 5.25 TRILLION TONS of plastic,…

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16 Dec: Deadly Dolphin Virus Reaches the Keys

The following information appeared in a December 11, 2014 article in the Miami Herald. A deadly virus for dolphins, which was previously limited to the ocean from New York to Central Florida has now appeared in the Florida Keys. An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin found on the Bahia State Park beach died from the morbillivirus. The…

29 Sep: Key Biscayne approves budget including more money for marine patrol

The Key Biscayne Village Council has approved its 2015 budget, which will include an expansion of the police department’s marine patrol unit. Council members voted 6-1 to approve the budget Tuesday night, with council member Edward London dissenting. London wanted an increase to the building, planning and zoning department’s budget and cuts in the police…