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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...

Anglers and Divers Asked to Help with Sawfish Research
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Anglers and Divers Asked to Help with Sawfish Research

One of the best ways to track the effectiveness of ongoing management and conservation efforts is to collect information about interactions with endangered sawfish by fishers, divers, and others.  Details of public sightings and captures of sawfish can substantially increase the data we have about the species, allowing us to make management and policy decisions...

Industry Pledges to Help Keep Fisheries, Waterways Healthy and Clean
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Industry Pledges to Help Keep Fisheries, Waterways Healthy and Clean

Alexandria, VA  – Americans are more conscious than ever about properly disposing of and recycling non-reusable plastic. The recreational fishing industry wants anglers everywhere to apply this same habit to the proper disposal of soft plastic baits. In an effort to keep our fisheries and lakes, rivers and streams clean and free of used soft...

Sea Grass Decline on Tampa Bay After Years of Increase
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Sea Grass Decline on Tampa Bay After Years of Increase

Tampa Bay, FL: Provisional results released earlier this month by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) show that Tampa Bay now harbors 35,240 acres of seagrass. Between 2018 and 2020, seagrasses throughout Tampa Bay declined by 13%, or 5,411 acres. The majority of those losses occurred in Old Tampa Bay, which was down 3,200...

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The Massachusetts Trustees of Reservations announced Monday that it has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand the Trustees’ salt marsh restoration project. The grant will fund restoration of an additional 916 acres of Great Marsh land in Ipswich and Essex, increasing the scope of the project to...

Rebuilding N.C.’s Oyster Populations
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Rebuilding N.C.’s Oyster Populations

North Carolina’s estuaries were teeming with oysters 150 years ago. In the time since, a combination of factors has caused oyster populations to decline. Development, urbanization, point and nonpoint source pollution, intensive farming, harvest pressure, and increases in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as freezing temperatures, hurricanes, heavy rains and prolonged...

Tarpon Become Catch-and-Release Species in N.C.
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Tarpon Become Catch-and-Release Species in N.C.

It’s official! The new regulation making tarpon catch-and-release only in North Carolina is effective immediately, which will protect tarpon migrating north in the summer. The process for legislative review was completed after an appeal by pier operators failed. BTT supported the amendment throughout the process and applauds the NC Marine Fisheries Commission for taking this...

Habitat Restoration Brings Back Tarpon, Snook
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Habitat Restoration Brings Back Tarpon, Snook

Habitat restoration is often defined as repairing damage to habitats, usually damage caused by humans. The goal is to bring back natural ecological function to the habitats for the benefit of the species that depend on them. Common examples include restoration of salt marshes and mangrove wetlands that have been physically damaged, such as digging...