December 19, 2016
New Orleans Fish House with John Fallon and Julianna Mullen of ANI and Chris Bergon May 16, 2013. Photo by Paul Morse..

Louisiana Blue Crab Fishery First to Receive G.U.L.F. Responsible Fisheries Management Certification

Audubon Nature Institute’s Gulf United for Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) continues its mission to ensure the viability of Gulf of Mexico fisheries by certifying Louisiana blue crab under its new certification program. The G.U.L.F. Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification is a regionalized model measuring the responsible practices for the sustainable harvest of […]
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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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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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August 26, 2016

Lionfish Challenge Encourages Removal of Nearly 10,000 Lionfish So Far

News Release By Amanda Nalley | FWC A total of 9,216 lionfish have been removed from Florida waters so far thanks to participants in the Lionfish Challenge and Panhandle Pilot Program. Since the May 14 kickoff, 68 divers have entered the statewide Lionfish Challenge, which rewards divers for taking 50 or more […]
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July 19, 2016

Sarasota Lionfish Derby kicks off 2016 REEF Summer Derby Series with a Splash!

News Release By Emily Stokes | REEF Lionfish Program Assistant On July 8-10, 19 lionfish hunters set out to compete in Reef Environmental Education Foundation’s (REEF) Sarasota Lionfish Derby. Vying for more than $3,500 in cash prizes, the 19 participants harvested 429 lionfish from Gulf of Mexico waters ranging from Collier to […]
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July 5, 2016

Audubon’s Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) Partners with the Mississippi Commercial Fishermen Union (MSCFU) to Promote Sustainable Fisheries

Contact: Katie Smith Office 504-378-2693 Cell 504-278-0542 (New Orleans, La.) – Audubon Nature Institute’s sustainable seafood program, Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Mississippi Commercial Fishermen Union (MSCFU) to increase awareness of sustainable fishing practices that will ultimately result in­ a more robust fishery and […]
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July 1, 2016
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Western Africa’s Missing Fish: The Impacts of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Under-Reporting Catches by Foreign Fleets

By Blair FitzGibbon | MeltWater Press A crack down on illegal fishing by foreign commercial fleets operating in western Africa and investment in the region’s maritime industry could lead to major benefits, including more than 300,000 new jobs, according to a new report from the Overseas Development Institute and porCausa, the […]
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June 29, 2016
Dr. Toby S. Daly-Engel is doing research with the GulfSPAN(Gulf of Mexico States Shark Pupping and Nursery Area) survey in Santa Rosa Sound. (Michael Spooneybarger/ CREO)

UWF Professors Contribute to Study of Genetic Diversity Within Coral Reefs

By Richard Conn Pensacola – A recently published study shows that areas of coral reef undisturbed by human activity or climate change tend to contain the most genetic diversity, providing important insight into the best ways to monitor and preserve coral reef biodiversity. Drs. Toby Daly-Engel and Jeff Eble, assistant professors […]
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June 24, 2016
Although lionfish have no controlling predators in the invaded range, diver removals are an effective method of reducing lionfish populations. ©REEF

REEF 2016 Summer Lionfish Derby Series Dates Released

Key Largo, Florida – June 16th, 2016 This summer, Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) will be hosting their 8th Annual Summer Lionfish Derby Series.  Lionfish Derbies are competitions where divers and snorkelers compete to bring in the most lionfish in a single day for over $3,500 in cash prizes.  Since […]
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June 24, 2016
Director Jessica McCawley with the FWC's Division of Marine Fisheries Management shows the number of fishing licenses and snook stamps sold from fiscal year 2004-2005 to fiscal year 2014-2015.

Snook Stock is on the Rise, Aligns with FWC Goals

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) took immediate action to help the snook population rebound after a prolonged cold spell in January 2010. The cold snap, which led the FWC to close the fisheries, had a much greater effect on the snook population on the Gulf Coast than […]
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June 24, 2016
UWF graduate student Cody Nash takes a catfish fin sample which will be put in vials of nontoxic preservative and taken to the lab for genetic testing.

UWF Professor, Students Monitoring Shark Nursery Habitats

By Richard Conn Pensacola – A crew of University of West Florida graduate students cast and set a gill net off a fishing boat in Pensacola Bay, hoping to catch a shark. “We put it out there, and then we let it sit in the water for about 30 minutes, just to […]
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June 14, 2016
A boat from the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division heads out with a load of bamboo structures that were deployed on Logan Martin Lake last year as fish attractors.

Alabama Project Deploys Structures to Improve Fishing

By David Rainer Most freshwater anglers know if you’re not getting hung up occasionally, you’re not fishing in the right spot. Species like bass and crappie are most often found around structure of some sort. That is the reason the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division created the Habitat […]
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June 3, 2016

Construction Completed for Southeast Florida Coral Reef Restoration Project

~Former ship-grounding sites stabilized and restored to encourage habitat recovery~ FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) has completed the first large-scale, agency-led coral reef restoration project in the Southeast Florida Reef Tract. CRCP spearheaded the Coral Reef Stabilization and Rehabilitation Project in […]
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May 31, 2016
PHOTOS: Jack Tibbs, a lifelong bass fisherman and Mayor of the City of Eufaula, enjoys the lake's return to prominence among the nation's top bass lakes. Tibbs says Eufaula has something to offer for every style of bass fishing from shallow vegetation to deep-water ledge fishing.

Lake Eufaula Rebounds to Former Glory

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Any angler who fished Lake Eufaula during a down cycle in late 2010 and early 2011 will be glad to know the 46,000-acre impoundment on the Chattahoochee River in southeast Alabama has rebounded to its former glory. During that down […]
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May 27, 2016
A satellite-signal tagged mako shark is returned to the wild by Guy Harvey. A mako called Matt J. has been circling off Charleston. PROVIDED BY GUY HARVEY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

‘Alpha Predator’ Mako Shark Circling Waters off Charleston

By Bo Petersen | The Post and Courier Easy, now. A mako shark is not a great white. It is, though, a more compact version of the shark considered the largest predator in the ocean. Like the great white, a mako is an alpha creature built for speed, big enough […]
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March 28, 2016
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Collector’s Edition – Spring 2012

Baffled by billfish – tagging Caribbean billfish reveals previousily unknown information about the great distances these majestic creatures travel.  Plus, Chef Justin Harry shares his style and recipes from Tradewinds Island Resorts. Other articles of interest include:  Boating Green and Shallow Water tools. Buy this back issue for $10 (includes […]
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March 23, 2016

Manatees Incorporated

  By Fred Garth We humans have a knack for killing off wild animals. Case in point: In 1741, somewhere in the Bering Sea, whale hunters discovered the Steller sea cow, a cousin of the manatee. Just 27 years later, it was gone, hunted into extinction for their meat and […]
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