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July 21, 2018

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Tiny treadmills help test sea turtle hatchlings stamina

To determine how well the sea turtle hatchlings could perform after their walk on the treadmill, the hatchlings swam in a small tank using a specially designed swimsuit. Researchers measured oxygen consumption and lactate accumulation as well as their breathing rates and stroke rates — that is how fast they were paddling their flippers. (Photo credit: Jay Paredes) Read more »
Published on 1/3/2018

FWC endorses national strategy aimed at conserving fish, wildlife

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in July endorsed an ambitious national strategy, presented by The Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America's Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources External Website, to conserve fish and wildlife, keep thousands of U.S. species from becoming endangered, and leave a legacy of healthy wildlife populations for future generations. Read more »
Published on 12/19/2017

FWC awards BearWise funding to 10 communities to reduce human-bear conflicts

Unsecured trash is the No. 1 reason that Florida black bears enter neighborhoods and come into conflict with people, so the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is awarding 10 communities with a total of $515,283 to address this critical issue. Read more »
Published on 11/20/2017

Green sea turtle nest numbers hit record in 2017

Today, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced a record year for the number of green sea turtle nests in Florida. FWC staff documented approximately 39,000 green sea turtle nests, based on 27 Florida index beaches used to assess nesting trends. Read more »
Published on 11/20/2017

Gov. Scott's 'Securing Florida's Future Budget' includes historic investment to protect Florida's environment

Governor Rick Scott's Securing Florida's Future budget recommends more than $1.7 billion to protect and enhance Florida's environment - a more than $220 millionincrease over the current year. Read more »
Published on 11/15/2017

Reality, Risk & Rising Seas

From tourism to transport, the economy of Florida is anchored in its coastal communities. The shifting line between water and beach has a major impact on local governments' ability to manage costs, infrastructure and liability. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2017

Learning to live with water

Forget climate change histrionics; the seas around Florida have been rising foreons. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2017

Sea-level rise and Florida: 2050 - 2075

What We'll See: Millennial generation Floridians, by this period in their senior years, will be living in a Florida much changed from that of their youth. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2017

Sea-level rise and Florida: Present - 2025

What We'll See: Not much. The difference between a 1½-inch rise in sea level and a 3½-inch rise is less than the daily tidal variation. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2017

Sea-level rise and Florida: 2025 - 2050

What We'll See: As in the story about the frog and the pot of water on the burner, property owners, taxpayers and investors begin to feel the heat in this period. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2017

Sea-level rise and Florida: 2075 - 2100

What We'll See: As Florida's Millennial generation dies out, their children will see … Much of Naples, Fort Myers and Cape Coral are under the sea. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2017

Gov. Scott proposes historic investments for Florida's environment

$1.7 billion for Florida's beaches, springs, state parks, Everglades and natural treasures Read more »
Published on 10/23/2017

Burmese python's hungry escapades may have consequences for human health

As the large, invasive Burmese python eats its way through south Florida's mammals, the mosquitoes in the area have fewer types of animals to bite. Now, more mosquitoes are drawing blood from a rat that carries a virus dangerous to humans. Read more »
Published on 10/6/2017

President Trump approves major disaster declaration for Florida

On Sunday, September 10, 2017, just hours after Governor Rick Scott's request, President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration. Read more »
Published on 9/11/2017

Smarphone users: Mote Marine Laboratory invites you to help report red tide outbreaks

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota has created an app that make is easy for the public to report red tide outbreaks. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2017

Commentary: Vern Buchanan issues statement to Feds, 'Protect the Florida Panther'

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vern Buchanan today wrote to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service requesting that vital protections for Florida's official state animal, the panther, remain intact. Read more »
Published on 8/24/2017

East Coast's rapidly rising seas explained

University of Florida scientists discover cause of Atlantic coastline's sea level rise hot spots Read more »
Published on 8/10/2017

Report: Homeowners Trapped by Repeated Flooding Under Troubled Flood Insurance Program

The nation's flood insurance program has repeatedly rebuilt some of the most flood-prone properties in the country, unintentionally setting a trap for owners of modest homes who would prefer to move out of harm's way, according to a new national report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Read more »
Published on 7/26/2017

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. Read more »
Published on 7/26/2017

Sunken Treasures: Artificial reefs boost economy and environment

Lending expertise to artificial reefs, Florida Sea Grant boosts the economy and environment Read more »
Published on 7/25/2017

‘Sharkathon 2017' is here: How to watch it like a scientist

Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your television, the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” and National Geographic Wild’s “SharkFest” are hitting the air with competing daily programming. As director of the... Read more »
Published on 7/25/2017

Marine scientists and astronauts join forces to create world's deepest coral nursery

The world's coral reefs are threatened by fishing, pollution, global warming and even sunscreen. Because these disturbances affect shallow reefs more than deep reefs, FIU marine scientist Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty is studying whether corals in deep waters can be used to repopulate imperiled reefs in shallow waters. He and the members of his lab have partnered with the Coral Restoration Foundation to create the nurseries. Read more »
Published on 7/18/2017

Gov. Scott Recognizes Statewide Zika Preparedness Efforts

Today, Governor Rick Scott gave opening remarks at the Florida Department of Health's (DOH) Zika Preparedness Planning Meeting in Miami. DOH hosted the meeting with county health departments and mosquito control districts from across the state, as well as CDC officials, to discuss ongoing efforts to prepare for and combat the Zika Virus. Read more »
Published on 7/17/2017

UF Water Institute gets $5 million grant to aid region's agriculture, environment

The University of Florida Water Institute has received a $5 million, five- year grant to promote water security for the region's farmers, foresters and the environment. Read more »
Published on 7/5/2017

SFWMD, USACE Take Emergency Action To Protect Wildlife From High Water

District's ongoing actions and Corps' latest temporary regulation deviations are reducing water levels in water conservation areas to protect the Everglades ecosystem from further harm. Read more »
Published on 7/3/2017

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