November 28, 2016
PHOTOS: (Marine Resources, David Rainer) The Alabama Marine Resources Division has planted more than 120,000 cubic yards of oyster shell and limestone rock to try to help replenish local oyster reefs and oyster production. One method used to help jump-start oyster production is to release larvae into large tanks with oyster shell in baskets. The larvae, called spat, attach to the shells, which are then placed in coastal waters. Meanwhile, the flounder fishing on the Alabama coast has rebounded a little, but Marine Resources hopes to start a spawning program in 2017 to boost the local population.

Marine Resources Works to Boost Oyster Production

By David Rainer If oyster dressing was on the Thanksgiving menu, the likelihood is the cook had to look for oysters at other than traditional outlets. Since the oyster season opened on November 1 in Alabama coastal waters, production has been unusually low. Thank goodness, the oyster aquaculture industry in the […]
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November 28, 2016
Clusters of staghorn corals at restoration site on White Banks Reef. Photographer: Alex Neufeld, Coral Restoration Foundation

Florida reef tract restoration efforts scaling

Coral Restoration Foundation has been awarded $2.1 million in funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to restore eight reefs along the Florida Reef Tract to levels outlined in NOAA’s Acropora Recovery Plan. Out of 17 coastal habitat restoration organizations that were selected for funding through NOAA’s Community-based […]
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November 21, 2016
Although the cooking team from the Mobile County Wildlife Association didn’t take best overall, the team won first place in the Fowl category with Uncle Tom’s Banded Dove Bombs and third place in the Game category with their Coon Boar Burritos. Photo Credit: David Rainer

AWF Cook-Offs Continue to See Record Turnouts

By David Rainer Most fundraisers and similar activities that require significant public participation may enjoy several years of success and great turnouts. Most, however, tend to fade significantly after a decade or so. The Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) Wild Game Cook-Off series is the exception to the rule. Now in […]
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November 14, 2016
Ricky Cole of FRIB demonstrates how the British company’s 9-foot foldable rigid inflatable boat unfolds. (Steve Waters/Staff)

Foldable inflatable a recreational and rescue craft

By Steve Waters | Sun Sentinel As an Arctic Warfare Specialist for the British military, Steve Bruce taught soldiers how to survive in extreme conditions. That experience in saving lives eventually led to Bruce developing a foldable rigid inflatable boat for sailors, cruisers and anglers that performs in emergency situations. […]
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October 31, 2016
The brood stock, which were caught in Alabama coastal waters, are housed in huge tanks inside the hatchery and should produce another batch of fry that will be released in the spring. Photo Credit: David Rainer

Marine Resources Releases 18,000 Redfish Fry

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources This has been a particularly productive year for anglers who target redfish along the Alabama Gulf Coast, and the Alabama Marine Resources Division is doing its best to ensure it stays that way. When the Claude Peteet Mariculture Center in […]
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October 27, 2016
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‘Awe and respect’: Cayman youth swim with sharks for documentary

By James Whittaker With around 40 lemon sharks circling the boat, 17-year-old Matteo Pollini admits he felt a flutter of nerves before he jumped in. But by the end of five days of diving in the chummed up waters of Tiger Beach off the Bahamas, the fear was gone. The […]
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October 26, 2016
From left to right David Chouinard announcing, Dr. Lloyd Wruble, Chairman of the Herman Lucerne Memorial; winning Captain Jared Raskob, who guided Frank Delucas the tournament’s grand champion angler to seven species of fish, and trophy artist David Wirth.

With seven species of fish Plantation’s Frank Delucas wins 17th Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Tournament

ISLAMORADA, In the Florida Keys —  Frank Delucas, Plantation, Fla., a first time participant in the Herman Lucerne tournament but no stranger to Florida Keys backcountry fishing, won the 17th annual two-day event, as the only angler to catch all seven required saltwater species. The unique competition, which attracted 118 […]
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October 24, 2016
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Lions on the Line Illustrates Impact of Lionfish on Reefs

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources For those who don’t live near the Alabama Gulf Coast, you might not be aware that Gov. Robert Bentley declared a Lionfish Awareness Day recently. The reason for the public declaration was to coincide with the Lions on the Line […]
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October 18, 2016

This 100-pound-plus fish lures saltwater fly anglers to the Florida Keys

By Richard Morin | Washington Post “I’ve got a fish at two o’clock. Seventy feet. Coming fast. See him?” Fishing guide Bill Houze spoke with quiet urgency from atop the platform suspended four feet above the stern of the 17-foot skiff. “I see him,” said my friend Mike Traugott, scanning the […]
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October 17, 2016
Come and enjoy some great gumbo and raise money for the AFC's Hook Kids on Fishing Program.

2016 Anglers for Conservation Orlando Gumbo Wars, October 22, 2016

The sixth annual AFC Gumbo Wars is less than a month away.  Yes. it’s time once again for the Anglers for Conservation Orlando Gumbo Wars scheduled on October 22, 2016 at the Fish on Fire Restaurant in Orlando, Florida with the gates opening to 2 pm. The AFC Orlando Chapter and many of it’s Orlando area community […]
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October 3, 2016
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New Reef Off Alabama Reveals Partnership Possibilities

By David Rainer Another artificial reef was deployed off the Alabama Gulf Coast this week in Alabama’s vast artificial reef zone. While a reef deployment may not seem like news, this was indeed special because it could change the way industrial and corporate entities view options for recycling materials. The […]
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September 28, 2016
Finding bits of plastic in fish digestive systems such as this rainbow runner is all too typical.

We all want to leave our mark on the world

By JJ Waters We all want to leave our mark on the world when we go.  Hopefully, in a positive way and not notoriously. There’s no doubt, had I gone to meet my maker at an earlier time in my life, my mark might have been less-than-superlative. But I’m older […]
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September 27, 2016
Guy Harvey (right) with his videographer George Shellenger

Guy Harvey in Jamaica for 30th anniversary documentary, MoBay Marlin Tournament

By Jamaica Observer German-born, Jamaican-raised conservationist, artist and marine biologist Guy Harvey is now in Jamaica to participate in the 55th Montego Bay Annual International Marlin Tournament and to continue documenting his life’s work in both the art and marine life industries.  Accompanying Harvey are his family, friends and videographer […]
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September 22, 2016
Although lionfish have no controlling predators in the invaded range, diver removals are an effective method of reducing lionfish populations. ©REEF

Seventh Annual Upper Keys Lionfish Derby Pulls in Hundreds of Invasive Lionfish

By Emily Stokes | REEF Lionfish Program Assistant At the break of dawn on September 10th, 42 dedicated lionfish hunters braved unfavorable weather conditions to compete in the Seventh Annual Upper Keys Lionfish Derby. Vying for more than $3,500 in cash prizes, 11 teams brought in 323 lionfish during the […]
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September 9, 2016
Courtesy of Bradley Wetherbee. This satellite transmitter is similar to one that was attached to a 6-foot mako shark off Ocean City, Maryland, on June 15. The shark was presumably caught by a fisherman off Martha's Vineyard, and researchers who are trying to get the transmitter back have traced it to North Falmouth.

Reward offered for return of shark satellite tag

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz | Cape Cod Times NORTH FALMOUTH — The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that conducts scientific research and holds educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment, is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of the satellite tag attached to a mako shark caught […]
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September 8, 2016
A satellite tag on the fin of a shark. Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

Nonprofit offers reward for missing shark tag off Cape Cod

By Dylan McGuinness | Boston Globe Commercial fishermen off Cape Cod may have caught a shark this month that was carrying an expensive piece of tracking technology, and a nonprofit organization is offering a $1,000 reward for the equipment’s return. The satellite tag had been placed in May on the […]
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September 8, 2016
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“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” No-Yelling School Comes To FL Everglades Nov. 19-20

Experience the Jurassic Park of Fishing! Deadline is Oct. 1 for overnight lodging FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – 9/2016 ─  The award-winning Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing nonprofit series ventures to the Florida Everglades Nov. 19-20 for a wilderness fishing adventure. The Everglades program includes a Saturday class on specific fishing in 10,000 Islands, a home cooked potluck dinner […]
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August 29, 2016
Leatherback Turtle Nesting. By Florida Fish and Wildlife

‘Hands Off!’ is Best Policy for Sea Turtle Hatchlings

News Release By FWC Sea turtle hatchlings are digging out of their nests and clambering toward the ocean in September and October, the last months of Florida’s sea turtle nesting season. Just remember, “Hands off!” is the best policy for beachgoers encountering sea turtle hatchings. Well-meaning efforts to rescue a […]
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