August 24, 2019

Environment

New FWC rule prohibits feeding of wild monkeys

At its December 2017 meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to prohibit the feeding of wild monkeys in order to promote greater public safety and decrease health concerns associated with these animals. This amendment to the General Prohibition Rule went into effect Feb. 11. Free-roaming, non-human primates join coyotes, foxes, raccoons, bears, pelicans and sandhill cranes as species included in this rule. Read more »
Published on 2/15/2018

UF reports 2017 as average year for worldwide shark attacks, deaths

With 88 reported unprovoked shark attacks and five fatalities worldwide, 2017 was “just an average year,” according to the University of Florida International Shark Attack File. Read more »
Published on 2/7/2018

Clean manufacturing: A business profile of Innova

Innova's home panels weather Mother Nature's best shot and are energy-efficient. Read more »
Published on 1/26/2018

River Advocates Optimistic About Florida Vs. Georgia Water Dispute

After years of conflict, the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up the case over Florida and Georgia's water disputes. Somewhat surprisingly, the justices seem sympathetic to Florida's problems, and that has some of the state's advocates feeling optimistic. Read more »
Published on 1/16/2018

From Gov. Scott's Office: Florida Leaders Applaud Governor Scott's Fight to Protect Florida's Coastline

Yesterday, following Governor Rick Scott's meeting with United States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, the Department of the Interior announced that Florida's coastline has been removed from consideration for future oil drilling. Last week, Governor Scott requested to immediately meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss his concerns with the federal oil drilling plan and the crucial need to remove Florida from consideration. Here's what Florida leaders are saying: Read more »
Published on 1/11/2018

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

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