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Restoring the Everglades, Restoring the Gulf

The Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico have much in common: They are both American treasures that have suffered from a half-century’s worth of degradation, resulting in ecosystems that are …

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Post Thanksgiving: I’m Still Thankful, Especially for Florida

It has become a Fischer family tradition to spend Thanksgiving holiday in Daytona, Florida—I’m not too sure what palm trees and the beach have to do with turkey day, but …

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Artificial Reefs: Restoration Beyond Recreation?

Over the past few decades the five Gulf States have built artificial reefs both inshore and offshore with the aim of enhancing recreational fishing and diving opportunities. State and local …

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Toxic Algae: Florida’s Manatees in Crisis

While “red tide” may sound like a biblical catastrophe, it is simply an unusual bloom of a common alga—karenia brevis—that turns saltwater a rust color.  While not supernatural this algae …

Attorneys General Letter Shows Case For Keystone XL Is Crumbling

It’s been a cruel summer for supporters of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. First, President Obama pledged to connect his decision on Keystone XL to its climate-disrupting carbon pollution, …

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Troubled Waters – Mysterious Wildlife Deaths in Indian River Lagoon

It sounds like a scene straight out of a Carl Hiaasen novel – mysterious marine mammal and bird deaths haunting a once pristine South Florida lagoon. A historically vibrant estuary …

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Don’t Leave Florida’s Springs Out to Dry

Once upon a time, in a swampy, far away land, there were crystal clear natural springs that mesmerized visitors traveling to Florida from miles and miles away. Before the wonderful …

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Dunk City’s Dark Side: Florida Gulf Coast University Built on Desperately-Needed Panther Habitat

Will Florida Gulf Coast University basketball’s success brings renewed attention to the need to protect the Florida panther habitat that their school was literally founded on?

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Twenty-Five Years in the Mud: How a Quirky Little Fish Changed My Life

Sometimes it is the smallest things that are life-changing: the simple act of placing four little fish in a bucket led to over 25 years of research and insights into the remarkable life of a very unusual fish.

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Protecting Florida’s Manatees from Harmful “Red Tide”

Basking in the south Florida sun, a skimboarder turned to my friends on the beach and eloquently stated, “Bro, your girls are getting eaten by manatees.” While those who know …

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