Reef Relief announces new multi-lingual reef etiquette guide

For Immediate Release                                   Contact: Reef Relief 305-294-3100 (Key West, FL) –Monday, August 11, 2014 Reef Relief announces a new resource to make visits to our reefs “reef –friendly”. Coral reefs here in the FL Keys are experienced by visitors from around the globe. A guide has been developed with funding from the FL DEP's […]
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NOAA Lists 20 New Corals as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act.

In total, 22 species of coral are now protected under the Endangered Species Act, including the two corals (elkhorn and staghorn) listed as threatened in 2006. Fifteen of the newly listed species occur in the Indo-Pacific and five in the Caribbean (see table below). None are found in Hawaii. Protecting and conserving biologically diverse coral […]
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Social-Ecological Marine Restoration: A New Vision of Benefits for Nature – And People

Posted by The Nature Conservancy in Ocean Views on August 21, 2014. newswatch.nationalgeographic.com By Dr. Michael Beck, lead marine scientist, The Nature Conservancy Location Post: The Gulf of Aqaba. Red Sea reef restoration projects. Last month, I dove on some amazing reef restoration projects that have helped to transform the Gulf of Aqaba. From reducing […]
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Five Marine Sanctuaries Created in Barbuda Coastal Waters

August 25, 2014. http://ens-newswire.com ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda, August 25, 2014 (ENS) – The twin-island Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has imposed new regulations to establish five marine sanctuaries protecting 33 percent of the waters surrounding Barbuda. Known as the Blue Halo Initiative, the new rules are intended to enable fish populations to […]
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Lower Keys Coral Bleaching Report (August 22, 2014)

VICE Magazine Vol. 21 No. 8         .http://coralmorphologic.com Having been preoccupied with the Miami Coral Rescue Mission this summer, we finally made our first excursion to the Lower Keys this summer on Friday August 22. Sadly, we found that a distressingly high percentage of corals living on the reefs in Hawk Channel […]
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Sunscreen Chemicals Could Be Hazardous To Marine Phytoplankton

August 22, 2014. redOrbit redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Be careful with the sunscreen the next time you hit the beach for your vacation, as new research appearing in the journal Environmental Science & Technology suggests some ingredients in the protective substance could be harmful to some forms of marine life. […]
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New Antarctic atlas offers index of marine life

By Jonathan Webb Science reporter, BBC News More than 9,000 species, from single-cell organisms to penguins and whales, are chronicled in the first Antarctic atlas since 1969. The book will be launched by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research at its Open Science Conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Across 66 chapters, the atlas contains around […]
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The Great Barrier Reef: The battle rages on

By Elke Nagy     Aug 24, 2014 in Environment.  www.digitaljournal.com Once again, serious questions are being raised about the decision to allow the dumping of dredge spoil in Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Last January, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) approved a plan to dump three million cubic metres of […]
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Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty

By CORAL DAVENPORT AUG. 26, 2014. New York Times WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress. In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 […]
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U.N. Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions’ Risks

By JUSTIN GILLIS AUG. 26, 2014. New York Times   Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new United Nations report. Global warming is […]
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Yesterday was our last day of coral camp! We’ve had a lot...

Yesterday was our last day of coral camp! We’ve had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends. We will miss our campers and hope they have a great school year!! #reefrelief #coralcamp #friendship #friends #kids via Instagram http://ift.tt/1rFqtir from Tumblr http://ift.tt/1pnDDlf via IFTTT Share
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Great poster by @wwf ! #stopsharkfinning #stopfinning...

Great poster by @wwf ! #stopsharkfinning #stopfinning #sharkweek #sharksarefriendsnotfood via Instagram http://ift.tt/1t2ELui from Tumblr http://ift.tt/1nVZk7j via IFTTT Share
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Today on our last snorkeling day with @furykeywest we saw a sea...

Today on our last snorkeling day with @furykeywest we saw a sea urchin, reef sharks, groupers, a nurse shark, a sea turtle, a lionfish and so much more! Thank you to the wonderful staff who helped make this summer amazing for our campers #reefrelief #coralcamp #summerfun #summercamp #lionfish #seaturtle #grouper #nurseshark #sharkweek #reefshark via Instagram […]
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EPA water quality standards and methods related to bacteria in marine waters are evolving

  In 2012, EPA modified its recommended Recreational Water Quality Criteria. In 2013, EPA updated its beach sanitary survey manual. In 2013, EPA developed a rapid microbiological method for ambient waters. Currently, EPA is revising National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants. Comments are due May 28, 2014. Later in 2014, a public […]
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Department of Environmental Protection Caloosahatchee TMDL Meeting

 Meeting to receive public comments on:   1) a draft nutrient and dissolved oxygen (DO) total maximum daily load (TMDL) report for impaired waters in the Caloosahatchee River Basin, to be adopted in Rule 62-304.800, F.A.C. and   2) having the nutrient TMDLs, if adopted, constitute site specific numeric interpretations of the narrative nutrient criterion […]
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Today was our last field trip to the...

Today was our last field trip to the @keywestwildlifecenter ! We will miss the wonderful staff and Charlie the chicken via Instagram http://ift.tt/1sZMsSX from Tumblr http://ift.tt/1vIYYuI via IFTTT Share
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