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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 […]
July 31, 2017

Miami’s sewage is supposed to be pumped offshore but the pipe has sprung a leak

A massive ocean outfall pipe intended to dump partially treated human waste in deep water far from Miami has instead been leaking in shallow water within a mile of Tony Fisher Island for at least a year, an environmental group said Monday. A Miami Waterkeeper diver sent to investigate the leak after a citizen tipped off the group recorded cloudy sewage spewing from the underground pipe earlier this month, near schools of fish and coral. […]
July 27, 2017

Gulf County scallop season postponed due to naturally occurring algae bloom

As a precautionary measure due to a naturally occurring algae bloom in St. Joseph Bay that affects shellfish, the bay scallop harvest originally scheduled to begin on July 25th in Gulf County waters will be temporarily postponed. This postponement includes all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County through the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. This does not impact other areas currently open for a recreational harvest. The Florida […]
July 25, 2017

Sunken Treasures: Artificial reefs boost economy and environment

Lending expertise to artificial reefs, Florida Sea Grant boosts the economy and environment | 7/25/2017 Seventy-five feet below the surface, sea life flowed in rainbow schools and channels around a metallic reef. A cat-like nurse shark lazed about nearby, scaring easily as baitfish darted frantically. And above the layers of hot and cold currents, on the surface, waves rocked a small dive boat. But the reef below wasn’t just any underwater habitat. On the seafloor […]
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