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Study: Bleaching events impair long-term coral reproduction

facebook19 November 2014 .Smithsonian Magazine A new study by Florida State University and Smithsonian Institution biologists shows that bleaching events brought on by rising sea temperatures are having a detrimental long-term impact on coral. Bleaching—a process where high water temperatures or UV light stresses the coral to the point where it loses its symbiotic algal […]
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Hawaiian Marine Refuge Now Filled With Garbage

facebookNov 18, 2014 07:00 AM ET // by Patrick J. Kiger . Discover News Photo: NOAA The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, a World Heritage Site and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world, is an isolated assortment of tiny uninhabited islands and coral reefs that are home to an amazing array of […]
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World Parks Congress aims to protect a third of oceans in marine parks

facebookLinda Vergnani ABC Environment  First posted 20 Nov 2014 AT LEAST 30 PER CENT of the world's oceans should be protected as marine parks where fishing and mining are banned, according to a new target set at the close of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's World Parks Congress in Sydney yesterday. The sharply increased […]
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Reef Relief Receives Disney Conservation Grant

KEY WEST, FL  OCTOBER 20, 2014 -  Reef Relief has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF). The conservation grant recognizes Reef Relief's efforts to educate youth about coral reefs and conservation.   "We are excited to partner with the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund once again to provide Reef Relief's […]
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MASON JENNINGS BENEFIT CONCERT NEARLY SOLD OUT

facebookSTOCK ISLAND, FL: November 11, 2014 – On Friday, November 21, singer­, songwriter and internationally recognized touring artist Mason Jennings will play an intimate concert at Stock Island’s COAST with ticket sales supporting Reef Relief.  The event is being brought to the community with the help of local sponsors, including the title sponsor, the soon […]
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Last tickets for the Mason Jennings concert 11/21/14

he last (small) stack of tickets for the Mason Jennings concert at #COAST on Friday, November 21 is sitting here on our desk at 631 Greene Street, so, here's your chance to pick them up right in Old Town. And remember the money from the tickets sales stays right here with us — great tunes […]
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Great Barrier Reef dredging could damage fish populations, says study

facebooktheguardian.com, Thursday 23 October 2014 00.47 EDT Fish populations could be significantly damaged by the dredging of seabed sediment, with new research finding that larvae development is hindered by murky water. The study, conducted at James Cook University, raises fresh concerns over dredging work to expand several ports located near the Great Barrier Reef. Researchers […]
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Make Your Voice Heard - Coastal Use Survey Available Now

facebook  Dear Southeast FL coastal residents and visitors,   We are excited to announce the launch of the Our Florida Reefs coastal and ocean use survey! This survey is being conducted as part of a local initiative for our area, known as Our Florida Reefs. Please follow this link to register http://ofr-coastal-use.point97.io/respond/register/ofr-mapping  or visit the […]
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Island nations shouldn't be left to drown from climate change

facebookJohannes Luetz.  Theguardian.com, Monday 13 October 2014 19.18 EDT    Islanders from the Tulun Atoll where forced relocation is presently underway are reporting what some believe is the beginning of the end. Breadfruit trees have been destroyed, the soil isn’t good enough to grow crops. The sea water is eating away at the land. Tulun […]
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Annual "Keep The Sea Free of Debris Art Contest!"

facebook                                  Resources – Downloads 2015 Art Contest Entry Form 2015 Art Contest Flier             The last day to submit entries is November 17, 2014. Eligibility All students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade from […]
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Birth control pills have negative effect on lake ecosystems: study

facebookAly Thomson, The Canadian Press Published Sunday, October 12, 2014 8:32PM EDT HALIFAX — The lead researcher of a new study is calling for improvements to some of Canada's waste water treatment facilities after finding that introducing the birth control pill in waterways created a chain reaction in a lake ecosystem that nearly wiped out […]
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Scientists sound alarm over ocean acidification

facebookABC Environment 8 Oct 2014 Scientists warn that the acidity of the oceans has risen by more than a quarter over the last 200 years, posing danger for shellfish. OCEAN ACIDIFICATION has risen by a quarter since pre-industrial times as a result of rising carbon emissions, casting a shadow over the seas as a future source of […]
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Artists fashion a treasure out of trash

facebookBy Kate Bradshaw | Tribune Staff Published: October 16, 2014     ST. PETERSBURG — The colorful sculpture towering above Poynter Park has a certain grace to it, though it’s meant to depict something menacing. Artists and University of South Florida marine scientists unveiled the 30-by-40-foot sculpture Wednesday and hope its vortex shape and recycled […]
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GAO: Feds should do more to stop ocean acidification

facebookBy Timothy Cama – 10/15/14 10:35 AM EDT The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is calling out federal agencies for not implementing part of a 2009 law meant to reduce ocean acidification. The GAO said a federal task force has outlined a plan to increase the government’s understanding of ocean acidification, a process caused by carbon […]
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Activists turn out to protest Big Sugar

facebookKevin Lollar, klollar@news-press.com 10:08 p.m. EDT October 1, 2014 Twelve environmentalists rallied Wednesday at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection office in Fort Myers to ask the agency to reject the sugar industry’s plan for a massive development in eastern Hendry County. Under the Sugar Hill Sector Plan, U.S. Sugar and Hilliard Brothers would create […]
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