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National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Rejects Proposal to Expand Area for Rock Shrimp Bottom Trawl Fishery off Florida Coast

Decision saves remnants of fragile Oculina coral habitat found nowhere else on Earth from destruction Contacts: Dr. Lance Morgan, PresidentMarine Conservation Institute, USALance.Morgan@marine-conservation.org+1 707 217 8242 mobile Shari Anker, PresidentConservation Alliance of St. Lucie Countysranker@icloud.com+1 772 335 3484 NOAA Announcement https://bit.ly/3vozSV4 and Background Below [Washington, DC] National Oceanographic and Atmospheric (NOAA) officials rejected amendment 10 from…

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UPDATE: Florida Keys and Oculina Coral Reefs

Florida’s abundant and diverse marine life – snappers, groupers, sharks, marlin, sea turtles, manatees – and special habitats like the Florida Keys coral reefs have made it an important destination for millions of visitors and new residents for decades. But these rich marine and coastal ecosystems are fraying at the edges or in sharp decline…

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Blue Parks Ambassador Spotlight: Caitlin McCall

This ongoing series of blogs profiles our Blue Parks Ambassadors: a group of ocean champions across the world and diverse spheres who care deeply about safeguarding life in the sea. Blue Parks Ambassadors help us build support for Blue Parks and securing effective protection for 30% of the ocean by 2030 by communicating the value…

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Seagrass: More than Meets the Eye

By Jessica Knoth, Marine Conservation Institute Intern & Photographer Underwater forests and meadows are not so different from their terrestrial cousins. In place of deer and small critters, fish dart among the submerged grass. Seals glide through the water, much like bears patrolling the woods, and kelp sways overhead instead of evergreens. Just as terrestrial plants…

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California, Oregon and Florida Lead in Strongly Protecting Marine Ecosystems; Remaining US States Lag in Conservation Efforts

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the world’s oceans, released its annual SeaStates 2015 report today at the 2015 Esri User Conference. This year’s report on no-take marine reserves in the waters of US coastal states and territories uncovers an unfortunate truth: in the last year, there was no increase in…

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