Gulf of Mexico

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Monday marks the beginning of the recreational Red Snapper Season in Florida. Lasting until July 20th in Gulf and Federal waters, this season is unique to its predecessors. 

MGN Online

Florida’s offshore drilling concerns have made headlines recently. And now, nearly 80 years into the industry’s existence in Florida, state government officials are searching for some permanency on the issue. 

Gulf Red Snapper In Jeopardy Of Overfishing, Says Pew

Jul 31, 2017
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The Pew Charitable Trusts believes a federal decision extending recreational fishing of the Gulf red snapper could lead to overfishing this year, and the organization has the numbers to prove it.

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New research shows pollution in the Gulf of Mexico is coming from a source close to home: our closets. A team of scientists say plastic microfibers in polyester, nylon and acrylics are washing out of household fabrics and into the ocean.

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Marine lives are at risk and The Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory needs help, fast.

National Geographic

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to determine the popularity of reef fishing. The move is in response to a request from fishermen for a better idea of what’s happening in the water.

The Lionfish May Be More Than A Nuisance For Florida

Aug 1, 2012

The first report of lionfish in the Gulf of Mexico came two years ago. Compared to the first sighting over twenty years ago in the Atlantic Ocean, the lionfish’s arrival is relatively new. Theories of how the invasive species ended up in Florida's waters include a mix of once unwanted pets being released and escaping aquariums during Hurricane Andrew. But whatever the case may be, now the invasive species has reached high enough numbers to raise concerns.