September 20, 2018

Algae: Area continues to receive state and federal funding to deal with algae

Both state and federal funding continue to come in as local governments attempt to fight the the impact that blue-green algae and red tide are having on the ecology and economy of Southwest Florida. Governor Rick Scott announced this week that an additional $4 million in grant funding has been made available through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for communities impacted by red tide and blue-green algae, bringing the total amount of grant funding […]
August 19, 2018

Scientists Developing New Ways to Fight ‘Red Tide’

A leading scientist says researchers in Florida are close to developing a way to control the algae known to cause deadly “red tide.” Michael Crosby heads the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, a leading research organization. A 10-month-old red tide has been killing ocean life along Florida’s southwestern coast. Huge numbers of dead fish have washed up on beaches from the city of Naples up to Tampa. Red tide can cause problems for humans […]
August 2, 2018

Some Florida residents say protected Gopher Tortoises may been wiped out by developers

Could Florida growth mean tough times for the rare tortoise? Stuart, Florida- Residents in scenic Stuart, Florida are mad and want answers. They think protected Gopher Tortoises might have been killed in a rush to build local hospital offices. In a public email obtained by the CFSC, Stephen Mayer, Senior Planner for the Stuart Development Department is “mortified” to learn of the possibility of over 20 tortoises found dead on the site. “They were obviously […]
March 22, 2018

Gulf of Mexico dead zone not expected to shrink anytime soon

Achieving water quality goals for the Gulf of Mexico may take decades, according to findings by researchers at the University of Waterloo. The results, which appear in Science, suggest that policy goals for reducing the size of the northern Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone may be unrealistic, and that major changes in agricultural and river management practices may be necessary to achieve the desired improvements in water quality. The transport of large quantities of nitrogen […]
March 8, 2018

Be careful out there!

Harmful red tide bloom spreads along Southwest Florida coast. A red tide bloom that’s lingered since October has spread out along the Southwest Florida coast in the past few days and is expected to drift further south, toward Collier County and the Florida Keys. The latest Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report shows background to medium concentrations of red tide (caused here by Karenia brevis) in Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties. The bloom […]
January 25, 2018

Florida and the Gulf Coast is an amazing place!

You never know what you will see. One of world’s most endangered whales spotted in Gulf of Mexico. NAPLES, Fla. — Fishing boat Capt. Robert Holzinger was taking customers into the Gulf of Mexico when he saw it. A whale spout about 3 miles off Gordon Pass turned out to be a North Atlantic right whale, one of the world’s most endangered and a rare sight in the Gulf. “It was the last thing we […]
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