July 1, 2016

Senators Nelson and Rubio Stand Up for Anglers and Boaters

Newly introduced marine fisheries legislation approved by the Senate Commerce Committee By Mary Jane Williamson | American SportFishing Association Washington, D.C. (June 29, 2016) – The recreational fishing and boating community strongly supported action today by the Senate Commerce Committee to pass the recently introduced S. 3099, The Access for Sportfishing Act […]
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July 1, 2016

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

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

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 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 20, 2016

Mobile Bay Trout Fishing Makes Big Turnaround

By DAVID RAINER Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Tim String is a happy camper again. The speckled trout fishing in Mobile Bay and nearby estuaries has been excellent this spring and early summer, which means String’s boat is full of happy campers as well. “From last year to […]
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June 14, 2016

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

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 31, 2016

Guy Harvey Receives Seafarers’ Award

By Staff | Cayman Compass Cayman Islands-based conservationist and artist Guy Harvey received the Seafarers’ House International Golden Compass Award on May 21 at a gala dinner in Fort Lauderdale. The award is given each year to those “who have achieved distinction in the maritime world, those whose vocation or […]
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May 27, 2016

‘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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May 13, 2016

Guy Harvey, SeaWorld Team Up to Save Sharks

By CaymanCompass.com In a new partnership, Guy Harvey is teaming up with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment to work on raising awareness and doing research on shark conservation. The Guy Harvey Research Institute estimates that almost 100 million sharks are killed each year, with an estimated 73 million killed for the […]
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May 4, 2016

Alabama Sets Snapper Season in State Waters

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Alabama has an extremely valuable resource in waters off our state’s coastline. It combines great fisheries with manmade structures to create the nation’s premier reef fish destination. The Alabama Artificial Reef Program has overseen the deployment of 15,000-plus structures in […]
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April 29, 2016

Sailors for the Sea’s Green Boating Guide

By Hilary Kotoun | Sailor for the Sea In honor of Earth Day, Sailors for the Sea is launching their new Green Boating Guide just in time for the spring boat preparation season! Sailors for the Sea partnered with Bonnier Publishing to survey the subscribers of Cruising World and Sailing World to […]
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March 28, 2016

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 28, 2016

“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Weekend Offers Angling Fun in South Florida April 29-May 1, 2016, Plus Online Auction

By Betty Bauman Fort Lauderdale, FL – 3/2016 – Women, men and teens are invited to tackle fishing skills at the South Florida “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University, April 29-May 1, 2016 at the I.T. Parker Community Center, Dania Beach, FL. Hosted by the nonprofit organization, the weekend conservation-minded university […]
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March 23, 2016

UWF, Local Schools Team To Study Effects Of Lionfish

By Richard Conn | WUWF The highly invasive lionfish has been become a dominant predator since it was first documented in the Gulf off Pensacola in 2010. Armed with venomous spines, a voracious appetite and no natural predator, it’s common to find 50 to 60 lionfish on just one reef, […]
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March 23, 2016

Researchers, Restaurateurs Tackle Lionfish Problem

By Mike Ensley | UWF Pensacola – While it may be beautiful in a home aquarium, the aggressive and fast-reproducing lionfish is wreaking havoc in the ocean ecosystem and endangering reef habitats. But there might be a way to keep the lionfish in check: by eating it. Researchers and restaurateurs in […]
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