August 29, 2016

‘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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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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August 15, 2016

Blankenship Wins AWF’s Inaugural Fisheries Award

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources While reviewing the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards late last year, the AWF Board and Tim Gothard, AWF’s Executive Director, realized there was a gap in the awards coverage. Despite having a dozen awards, from Conservationist […]
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August 3, 2016

Guy Harvey Launching Underwater Expedition in Cuba

By Chabeli Herrera | Miami Herald The expedition to discover Cuba is going underwater. Marine wildlife artist and conversationalist Guy Harvey’s Fort Lauderdale-based Outpost Resorts is launching a weeklong diving trip to the Caribbean island in September — lionfish derby included. Read more…
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July 27, 2016

Audubon Nature Institute Awarded National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Gulf Coast Conservation Grant to Increase Sea Turtle Protection

  Program will reduce impacts to sea turtles through shrimp industry engagement (New Orleans, La.) – Audubon Nature Institute has received nearly $52,000 to work with the skimmer shrimp fishery of the Northern Gulf on sea turtle conservation. Awarded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the grant will fund work […]
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July 25, 2016

Melt the Butter; Spiny Lobster Seasons Start Soon

The 2016 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 27 and 28, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31. Planning on catching some of these tasty crustaceans? Here is what you need to know before you go. No one […]
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July 25, 2016

Oil Spill Memories Fade at ADSFR, Dauphin Island

By DAVID RAINER Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Dr. Bob Shipp stood in amazement last weekend at the 83rd annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) as he watched the frenetic activity on Dauphin Island. Shipp, Professor Emeritus at the University of South Alabama’s Marine Sciences Department, never would […]
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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 6, 2016

The 2016 Flounder Bowl is in the books

By Ken Neill The 2016 Flounder Bowl is in the books. This annual event is hosted by the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association, held at Dare Marina and Yacht Sales, and is only made possible by great sponsor support. Cool, northeast winds made it very pleasant on land for […]
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July 5, 2016

ADSFR Expands Live Weigh-In Category

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources After the success of a live weigh-in category at last year’s Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR), rodeo officials will expand the category and lift restrictions for the 83rd rodeo, scheduled July 15-17 at the rodeo site on Dauphin Island. Last year’s live […]
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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 ksmith@auduboninstitute.org (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

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

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

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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