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Researchers Work to Restore Biscayne Bay, Florida
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Researchers Work to Restore Biscayne Bay, Florida

At the southern end of Biscayne Bay, FIU Institute of Environment researcher Piero Gardinali is slicing through the water. A triathlete, Gardinali is used to seeing kayakers and jet skiers zip by him on the surface as he swims toward the Miami Seaquarium. On the shore, sunbathers relax and others play catch with their dogs....

CSF Sees Hope in “30 x 30” Conservation Program, But Questions Remain
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CSF Sees Hope in “30 x 30” Conservation Program, But Questions Remain

 (WASHINGTON, D.C.)– In a report released today titled, “Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful,” the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, and the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality laid out the Biden Administration’s (Administration) long-awaited plan for the Thirty-by-Thirty Initiative (30 by 30). This report, which contained many of the priorities previously outlined by the Congressional...

Projects to Enhance Recreational Fishing and Restore Habitat
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Projects to Enhance Recreational Fishing and Restore Habitat

NOAA is funding four projects designed to enhance recreational fisheries engagement and restore habitat through the coastal National Fish Habitat Partnerships. Saltwater recreational fishing is a part of the fabric of coastal communities, and anglers make critical contributions to the conservation of fish habitat nationwide. NOAA Fisheries is committed to collaborating with the recreational fishing...

Science to Support the Chesapeake Bay’s Rockfish
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Science to Support the Chesapeake Bay’s Rockfish

Heading out on the Chesapeake Bay for trophy rockfish season is a treasured rite of spring for recreational anglers. In the Chesapeake, fishermen often call striped bass “rockfish” because these fish often hang out near oyster reef “rocks.” But this year, the spring season will be a bit diminished in the Chesapeake with a later...

Great Lakes Fish Benefiting from Restored Rapids Habitat
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Great Lakes Fish Benefiting from Restored Rapids Habitat

In 2016, NOAA and partners completed a project to restore fast-flowing rapids on the St. Marys River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The work has helped increase the number of juvenile fish in the area, according to a recent study published in the journal Restoration Ecology. Over the past century, the St. Marys River has lost...

Clams Can Boost Seagrass Restoration
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Clams Can Boost Seagrass Restoration

Coastal seagrass beds are critical parts of ecosystem function. Seagrasses are a foundation species, providing essential habitat for fish and birds, protecting against erosion and improving water quality. A study published recently in Frontiers in Marine Science called “Inclusion of Intra- and Interspecific Facilitation Expands the Theoretical Framework for Seagrass Restoration” took a closer look...

Florida FWC Thanks Okeechobee Volunteers
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Florida FWC Thanks Okeechobee Volunteers

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) thanks volunteers who helped remove invasive plants on Lake Okeechobee near Bird Island. Volunteers worked alongside FWC staff hand pulling Azolla pinnata, a nonnative plant that spreads rapidly and forms dense mats that shade out native submersed plants and interferes with boating and other recreational activities. The...

Volunteers Needed for Canaveral National Seashore Project
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Volunteers Needed for Canaveral National Seashore Project

If you are 18 or older, our partners at the University of Central Florida Coastal & Estuarine Ecology Lab need you! Help is needed to stabilize and restore highly eroding shorelines in Canaveral National Seashore. Dates for 2021: Wednesday, May 12 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Prep. Day. Thursday, May 13 from 8 a.m. –...

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CalTrout Celebrates 50th Anniversary

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – California Trout, a conservation non-profit that works to protect the state’s wild rivers and fish, marks its 50th anniversary this year. CalTrout is redoubling its commitment to major restoration projects that have a landscape-scale impact. The impending drought and adverse impacts of a warming climate add to the urgency of this...

Florida Seagrass Die-Off Can Be Reversed, Research Says
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Florida Seagrass Die-Off Can Be Reversed, Research Says

Abundance of the seagrass, Thalassia testudinum, more commonly known as turtlegrass, a foundation species of the Florida Bay ecosystem, decreased extensively during what is considered to be one of the largest declines in seagrass cover in recent history. Researchers from the University of South Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the...