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Environment
3:52 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

FWC: Fish Dumped At Tyndall Not A Coincidence

The FWC said sometime during the night of December 1st, hundreds of pounds of fish were dumped at the bottom of the Davis Beach Boat Ramp.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reaching out to Bay County residents for information about a recent fish dumping at a boat ramp on Tyndall Air Force Base. FWC officials say the more than 100 pounds of dead fish were caught with illegal gill nets.

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Environment
7:15 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Could Military Training At Florida State Forests Become Reality? Officials Say Maybe Not

Canoes, kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets lying on the beach of the Blackriver Water State Park. The forest is behind the beach.
Florida State Parks

Florida’s public land management officials are expected to vote Friday morning on whether to approve a proposal that could lead to the expansion of military training exercises in state forests. But, some wonder what that could mean for the wildlife and recreational activities.

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Environment
3:27 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Reef Advocates Call For Eradicating Invasive Lionfish

Although they were first spotted in 2010, it's unclear how they made their way to Florida waters.
Wikimedia Commons

A Florida Senate panel is weighing its options after hearing about the exponential growth of the invasive lionfish species in Florida waters. Coral reef conservationists say the state’s fish and wildlife service isn’t doing enough to prevent the venomous fish’s spreading and they’re calling on lawmakers to step in.

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Environment
6:34 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Lawmakers Consider Dredging To Deal With 'Black Mayonnaise' In Indian River Lagoon

Dr. John Trefry, the Marine and Environmental Systems Professor at Florida Institute of Technology, is making a presentation before the Senate Environmental Preservation Committee Wednesday.
Florida Channel

Florida officials are considering dredging the floor of the Indian River Lagoon to remove the muck of the estuary that’s already been plagued by massive animal die-offs and the loss of thousands of acres of sea grass.

Dr. John Trefry is a Marine and Environmental Systems Professor at Florida Institute of Technology, who’s been studying muck in the Indian River Lagoon—which he describes as “black mayonnaise.”

“And, much like the algae bloom, it blocks sunlight and inhibits sea growth,” said Trefry.

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Environment
5:52 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

New App Unveiled To Help Report Whales, Dolphins In Need, Especially In Florida

The "Dolphin and Whale 911" Smartphone app
NOAA

There’s a new smartphone app to help Floridians report sea life in need of help in the Southeastern U.S.  National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration officials say it’s more important than ever given an expected increase in the number of stranded animals—particularly dolphins.

For the past several years, marine mammal strandings in Florida have averaged about 200 a year, excluding manatees. A stranding is when a whale, for example, gets beached or stuck in shallow water. This year, it’s been especially bad says NOAA’s Erin Fougeres.

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