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Coral Restoration Beginning in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
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Coral Restoration Beginning in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

In the spirit of this year’s Earth Day theme “Restore our Earth,” NOAA and partners are beginning a three-year effort to outplant more than 60,000 fragments of nursery-raised coral at Eastern Dry Rocks Sanctuary Preservation Area off the coast of Key West, Florida. This is the first large-scale endeavor dedicated to Mission: Iconic Reefs, the...

CCA S.T.A.R. Tournament Coming Soon with Huge Prizes
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CCA S.T.A.R. Tournament Coming Soon with Huge Prizes

While individual anglers participating in this year’s CCA Florida S.T.A.R. tournament might dream of winning their share of the over $500,000 in prizes, including a variety of brand new boats, it is the catch data collected through the tournament that will ultimately benefit Florida anglers the most. The S.T.A.R tournament, now in its seventh year,...

Angling as a Path to Conservation Stewardship
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Angling as a Path to Conservation Stewardship

The following is a summary of a review paper authored by seven scientists and researchers from Australia, Canada, and the United States, including Aaron Adams, who is a member of AFFTA Fisheries Fund’s Science & Policy Committee.   The paper brings a thoughtful and analytical approach to describing what many of us know intuitively—that anglers...

Mobile Bay Marshes Disappearing, Says U of A. Study
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Mobile Bay Marshes Disappearing, Says U of A. Study

About half a football field of marshes on the edges of Mobile Bay vanished annually over the past 35 years, according to a study by researchers at The University of Alabama. The study of satellite and aerial images from 1984 to 2019 showed a loss of about 30 percent of saltwater marshes, critical for the...

Coho Released into California’s Pescadero Creek
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Coho Released into California’s Pescadero Creek

After years of habitat restoration, in collaboration with local landowners, 10,000 juvenile coho salmon were released into Pescadero Creek in northern California in November 2020. Central California Coast (CCC) coho salmon were once abundant from Mendocino County to Santa Cruz County. They were listed as endangered in 2005 and have since fallen to critically low...

Shasta River Agreement a Win for Coho’s and Landowners
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Shasta River Agreement a Win for Coho’s and Landowners

Landowners, agencies, and others have made history with a landmark agreement in northern California’s Shasta Valley. The Shasta River Safe Harbor Agreement supports recovery of federally threatened coho salmon while also assuring that a working landscape of farms and ranches will live on. The voluntary agreement signed in early 2021, culminates an eight-year journey between...

Keystone Fund Helps PA’s Brodhead Creek Trout
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Keystone Fund Helps PA’s Brodhead Creek Trout

Brodhead Creek has drawn anglers to its banks for generations. Many of our country’s earliest hunting and fishing clubs, including the famous Henryville House, were started nearby and have played host to some of our country’s great conservationists and leaders—from Theodore Roosevelt to Theodore Gordon and Grover Cleveland to Gifford Pinchot. To this day, the...

$100 Million to Restore Gulf of Mexico
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$100 Million to Restore Gulf of Mexico

The Deepwater Horizon Regionwide Trustee Implementation Group, which includes trustee representatives from the four federal agencies and the five Gulf coast states, is seeking public input on their first post-settlement draft restoration plan (PDF, 346 pages). The regionwide approach exemplifies collaboration and coordination among the trustees by restoring living coastal and marine resources that migrate...

Habitat Restoration Projects Offer Protection from Flooding
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Habitat Restoration Projects Offer Protection from Flooding

Habitats like tidal marshes, coral reefs, and seagrass beds serve as natural infrastructure that can help protect our coastal communities from flooding, erosion, and storms. NOAA Fisheries works to restore habitat for coastal and marine species, and many of our restoration projects provide natural infrastructure benefits as well. Two NOAA Fisheries-supported habitat restoration projects that...

Update on Tampa Bay Phosphate Spill
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Update on Tampa Bay Phosphate Spill

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) tasked two innovative technology companies to initiate nutrient reduction and removal treatments from water on-site prior to discharging to Port Manatee. DEP continues to work with its partners to implement solutions in the waterways surrounding Piney Point to combat potential harmful algal blooms. Key status updates and response activities:  Approximately 258 million gallons remain in the NGS-South compartment. More than 38 million gallons per day are...