From the Bow Seat’s 2014 Ocean Awareness Student Contest encourages high school students to learn about plastics and how they affect the marine environment and living organisms. The contest allows students to share their newfound knowledge through writing, artwork, or an advocacy video.
Three sets of prizes will be awarded, i.e., one for each category of ESSAY, ART, and ADVOCACY. Students can win $1,500 for First Prize, $1,000 for Second Place, $500 for Third Place, plus $250 for 10 Honorable Mentions. In addition, the First-place winners’ high schools will receive $1,500, and three teachers will be presented with Teachers Recognition Awards of $750 each.
Entries will be accepted through 15 June 2014. See www.fromthebowseat.org/contest for contest rules and submission requirements.
Just as we thought we might get some positive attention from the state, a bill was filed to keep local communities from protecting their environment.
Click here to see an annotated version of House Bill 703 filed by Rep. Jimmy Patronis of Panama City. The bill is a Christmas tree for special interest and a real blow to the river.
The House Bill has no Senate companion bill and it's past the deadline to file one. That DOES NOT mean we are home free. If it passes the House then all or part of it can be tagged onto larger "sure to pass" Senate Bills and sneaked through.
It appears to be aimed at undoing all the good policies in the Martin County Comprehensive plan that restore and protect the river. It prohibits local government from having environmental rules or policies that affect agriculture.
Agriculture is not the whole problem of too much dirty water, but it's a big part of the problem. The state minimum environmental standards don't work. If the state keeps local governments from doing a better job than the state does, our waterways are going to die.
Tallahassee needs to hear from river advocates NOW. They seem to think we've forgotten the green slime.
Write them a long letter describing last summer and telling them we need to be helped instead of hurt. Tell them we will lose all faith in state government if HB 703 isn't killed early in the legislative session. Or write them a short note saying "Kill HB 703 NOW. Leave us alone!"
Gov. Rick Scott Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com
Sen. President Don Gaetz Gaetz.Don.firstname.lastname@example.org
House Speaker Will Weatherford Will.Weatherford@myfloridahouse.gov
To send an email to all of the above, here's the email string:
Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com, Gaetz.Don.email@example.com, Will.Weatherford@myfloridahouse.gov
Palau's President Tommy Remengesau Jr. has declared the Pacific nation will become a marine sanctuary, where no commercial fishing will take place.
Mr Remengesau has told a UN oceans conference Palau's 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone will be a "100 per cent marine sanctuary", and commercial operations will be banned within the Pacific nation's territorial waters.
"We have no choice – the ocean is our way of life," he said.
"It's our livelihood, it's our culture, it's our economy – I always say the economy is our environment and the environment is our economy."
A new coral species, Psammogorgia hookeri, has been collected by scuba divers from rocky ledges at depths to 25 meters in Peru's Paracas National Reserve. The corals' hand-sized colonies are slightly smaller than the colonies of their closest relative. Costa Rican researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the University of Costa Rica have named the coral for Yuri Hooker, biologist and naturalist at the Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University in Lima, Peru. Researchers also found bits of coral attached to mussels from Independence Bay at a local fish market. Read more at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140203133612.htm
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
On the front steps of the Old Capitol
400 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399
BUSES from points south – DETAILS COMING
Republic Parking-Kleman Plaza
306 N Duval St. Tallahassee, FL 32301
215 S Calhoun St. Tallahassee, FL 32301
306 S Duval St. Tallahassee, FL 32301
Hotels – DETAILS COMING
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Location: 2710 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040
Description: This is a cleanup of the shoreline of the Winn-dixie shopping center lagoon area. This is a walking cleanup or you can bring your kayak if you have one. Dress to get dirty, closed toed shoes are suggested. Bring a refillable water bottle. You will be able to refill throughout the event.
Help make this island a true paradise! Please RSVP to reefrelief@gmail. Contact us id you have any questions 305-294-3100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Start Time: 10:00am
End Time: 1:00 pm