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Yamaha Rightwaters Supports Awareness of Invasive Species
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Yamaha Rightwaters Supports Awareness of Invasive Species

KENNESAW, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Yamaha Rightwaters and other leading conservation groups kicked off National Invasive Species Awareness week by signing a National Conservation Proclamation highlighting the importance of invasive species awareness and recognizing May 15 as National Clean Drain Dry® Day. “During the last year, millions of new boaters and anglers purchased boats, fishing licenses and...

BTT Permit Tagging Program in Belize
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BTT Permit Tagging Program in Belize

One of the biggest challenges in conservation is determining which habitats are most important and should receive the most conservation attention. Habitat use and movements by permit in northern Belize are knowledge gaps that BTT is working with guides and anglers to fill by starting a tagging program in the region. Leading the program is...

BTT to Conduct Economic Impact Assessment of Mexico’s Flats Fishery
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BTT to Conduct Economic Impact Assessment of Mexico’s Flats Fishery

The economic value of the flats fishery is often an important driver of conservation for resource managers, policymakers, and those who make a living from fishing. For this reason, BTT has commissioned economic impact assessments for flats fisheries across the Caribbean Basin. These studies have helped to provide leverage for conservation in many other locations...

Nonprofits Launch Clean Water, Habitat Protection Campaign
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Nonprofits Launch Clean Water, Habitat Protection Campaign

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two South Carolina nonprofits are teaming up to help promote and protect some of the state’s most famous waterways. Outdoor enthusiasts have the opportunity to get some brag swag sun shirts featuring their favorite waterways with the added bonus of conserving and protecting the state’s world-famous waterways. A partnership between the South...

Worsening Algae Bloom on Lake Okeechobee
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Worsening Algae Bloom on Lake Okeechobee

The scene at Pahokee marina on Lake Okeechobee last week was a warning sign: A thick mat of algae in various shades of green, brown, gray and fluorescent blue covered the area around boat slips. In some spots, the gunk was so dense it stuck out 2 inches above the water. Elsewhere on the lake,...

“Billion for the Bay” Program Seeks Funds for Chesapeake
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“Billion for the Bay” Program Seeks Funds for Chesapeake

Governors from Chesapeake Bay watershed states are urging Congress to spend an additional billion dollars on Bay restoration efforts. Their letter to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, dated May 13, urged federal support for a “bold plan” that would boost state and local economies while helping to “achieve the long-elusive goal of restoring...

Environmentalists Ask Florida Governor for Algae Emergency
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Environmentalists Ask Florida Governor for Algae Emergency

Several environmental groups have asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency for communities impacted by what appears to be a growing toxic blue-green algae outbreak in the Lake Okeechobee system and a red tide in the Gulf of Mexico. Groups like the Calusa Waterkeeper, the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the...

N.C. Sinks Tug Off Oregon Inlet for Artificial Reef Program
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N.C. Sinks Tug Off Oregon Inlet for Artificial Reef Program

The Valley Forge, a 108-foot tugboat, was sunk Friday off Oregon Inlet as part of the state Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program, in partnership with the Oregon Inlet Artificial Reef Committee, the division announced Monday. The Valley Forge is a 108-foot firefighting tugboat, originally commissioned by the U.S. Army and constructed in 1954....

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...