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 […]
July 5, 2017

Governor and Cabinet Approve Florida Forever Acquisition Crucial for Springs Protection

Originally published by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection June 14, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott and Cabinet members approved the purchase of the Blue Springs parcel, a 407-acre property in Gilchrist County, for more than $5.2 million. The property encompasses six natural springs and includes approximately one mile of frontage along the Santa Fe River. “I am thrilled by this opportunity to protect this property, and the vital springs resources within it, […]
June 9, 2017

FWC Commission to discuss changes to Gulf red snapper season during special meeting Friday June 9

Originally posted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on June 6, 2017 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will have a special meeting at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, June 9, to discuss the Gulf red snapper season for private recreational anglers in state and federal waters. Recent discussion between the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Gulf states indicate that there may be a way to add a substantial number of […]
April 27, 2017

South Florida dumps partially treated human waste offshore

Did you know that South Florida dumps millions of gallons of wastewater into our precious ocean every year? They’re supposed to end this practice by 2025. Will they make the deadline? Over the decades, billions of gallons of partially treated sewage have flushed their way from South Florida toilets to the Atlantic Ocean. Six plants jettisoned wastewater from outfall pipes in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, releasing massive clouds that cause the surface to […]
March 29, 2017

More than one million gallons of sewage leaked into a Jacksonville waterway

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One million gallons of raw sewage spilled into Wills Branch waterway of the Cedar River on the city’s Westside this week, according to JEA. Residents in the Hyde Park area reported there was a foul odor coming from the Wills Branch Creek and a thick sludge on top of the water. The city-owned utility said the spill occurred this week because of a blockage at a lift station on Lenox Avenue. JEA […]