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Lesson 7: Manatee Conservation Biology

Posted Sunday April 05, 2020 by Reef Relief

Manatee Conservation Biology Key Points -What are sirenians? -Body shape -How they...

Manatee Conservation Biology Key Points -What are sirenians? -Body shape -How they move -Eating and hydration Habits -Body Composition -Five species of sirens -Threats Activities: Worksheet 1: Dugong vs Manatees...

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Lesson 6: Shark Biology and Conservation

Posted Wednesday April 01, 2020 by Reef Relief

Shark Biology and Conservation: Key Points: -What is a Shark? -How are...

Shark Biology and Conservation: Key Points: -What is a Shark? -How are they different from bony fish? -How do they stay buoyant? -Where do sharks live? -What senses do sharks...

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Lesson 5: Fish Anatomy

Posted Tuesday March 31, 2020 by Reef Relief

Key Points -What is a fish? -Osteichthyes vs Chondrichthyes -Body shapes -Mouth...

Key Points -What is a fish? -Osteichthyes vs Chondrichthyes -Body shapes -Mouth Shape and location -Tail Shape -Special Adaptations -Scales -Morphology -Anatomy -Fish Dissection Activities: Worksheet 1-  Worksheet 1-Fish Shapes Worksheet...

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Lesson 4: Seagrass Ecosystems

Posted Sunday March 29, 2020 by Reef Relief

Seagrass Ecosystems Key Points -What is it? -Where do you find it?...

Seagrass Ecosystems Key Points -What is it? -Where do you find it? -Seagrass vs Seaweed -Root system -Species in Florida -Epiphytes -Threats Activities: Worksheet 1: Seagrass vs Seaweed Worksheet 1-Seagrass...

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Lesson 3: Mangrove Ecosystems

Posted Wednesday March 25, 2020 by Reef Relief

Lesson 3: Mangrove Ecosystems Key Points: -What is a mangrove? -How are...

Lesson 3: Mangrove Ecosystems Key Points: -What is a mangrove? -How are they different from other plants? -Where are mangroves found? -What is a propagule? -Red, Black, and White mangroves...

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Lesson 2: Coral Reef Ecosystems

Posted Monday March 23, 2020 by Reef Relief

Topic: Coral Reefs Key Points: -What is Coral? -Symbiotic Relationships -What type...

Topic: Coral Reefs Key Points: -What is Coral? -Symbiotic Relationships -What type of reefs are there? -Coral Spawning -Benefits of Coral Reefs -How are our corals doing? -Threats to coral...

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Lesson 1: ECOSYSTEMS AND FOOD CHAINS

Posted Thursday March 19, 2020 by Reef Relief

ECOSYSTEMS AND FOOD CHAINS: FACEBOOK LIVE LESSON : https://www.facebook.com/396247877070277/videos/512266676058504/ Key Points of Lesson:...

ECOSYSTEMS AND FOOD CHAINS: FACEBOOK LIVE LESSON : https://www.facebook.com/396247877070277/videos/512266676058504/ Key Points of Lesson: -Biomes/habitats -What is an ecosystem -Types of ecosystems in the world -Types of ecosystems in the ocean -Abiotic...

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Responses to the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

Posted Monday March 02, 2020 by Reef Relief

“Ana Zangroniz, Miami-Dade County Extension Agent at UF/IFIS Sea Grant Extension, joined...

“Ana Zangroniz, Miami-Dade County Extension Agent at UF/IFIS Sea Grant Extension, joined Coral Restoration Foundation for its December “Sips and Science” lecture. The dynamic scientist used humor to discuss what...

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Responses to the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

Reducing nutrient pollution helps coral resist bleaching

Posted Monday March 02, 2020 by Reef Relief

“Coral reefs are not doomed. Although human activities threaten the iconic ecosystems...

“Coral reefs are not doomed. Although human activities threaten the iconic ecosystems in many different ways, scientists maintain that reefs can continue to thrive with the right assistance. A study...

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Reducing nutrient pollution helps coral resist bleaching

Plastic pollution: ‘Hidden’ chemicals build up in seabirds

Posted Monday February 03, 2020 by Reef Relief

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51285103?fbclid=IwAR1xVl8Qo49SCG1IWaQaNGa5UwDV5EnLAeraYZoiLtQCP1IWUkuvhPgNh98 “Plastic pollution can build up in the bodies of seabirds, adding...

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51285103?fbclid=IwAR1xVl8Qo49SCG1IWaQaNGa5UwDV5EnLAeraYZoiLtQCP1IWUkuvhPgNh98 “Plastic pollution can build up in the bodies of seabirds, adding to the threats they face in the wild, according to a new study. Researchers fed plastic pellets to...

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Plastic pollution: ‘Hidden’ chemicals build up in seabirds

Sugarloaf Clean-Up was a success!!

Posted Monday January 27, 2020 by Reef Relief

Our Sugarloaf clean-up this past Saturday, January 25th was a success!! Reef...

Our Sugarloaf clean-up this past Saturday, January 25th was a success!! Reef Relief and volunteers met at the Jumping Bridge in Sugarloaf and cleaned up the area from 10am-12pm. 732...

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Sugarloaf Clean-Up was a success!!

January 2020 Clean-Ups

Posted Wednesday January 22, 2020 by Reef Relief

🎉We have some Clean-Ups coming up! First up is the Sugarloaf Clean-Up January 25th...

🎉We have some Clean-Ups coming up! First up is the Sugarloaf Clean-Up January 25th and another at Cow Key Channel January 26th! On our Reef Relief Facebook you can sign up under...

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January 2020 Clean-Ups

Turtle recovering at SC Aquarium after ingesting at least 136 pieces of plastic

Posted Monday January 13, 2020 by Reef Relief

Link: https://abcnews4.com/news/local/turtle-recovering-at-sc-aquarium-after-ingesting-at-least-136-pieces-of-plastic?fbclid=IwAR2vZKTvPWsQuF07xPrgsaME0iqgB7bfbYZBlWrhO0QS9ut-0Jd3Kz6RG2Y “CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – It’s no secret that single-use plastics hurt...

Link: https://abcnews4.com/news/local/turtle-recovering-at-sc-aquarium-after-ingesting-at-least-136-pieces-of-plastic?fbclid=IwAR2vZKTvPWsQuF07xPrgsaME0iqgB7bfbYZBlWrhO0QS9ut-0Jd3Kz6RG2Y “CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – It’s no secret that single-use plastics hurt wildlife. But caregivers at the South Carolina Aquarium didn’t expect to find a young sea turtle ingest more...

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Turtle recovering at SC Aquarium after ingesting at least 136 pieces of plastic

Coral Camp is back!

Posted Monday January 06, 2020 by Reef Relief

Looking for a fun, adventurous, and educational activity for your child to...

Looking for a fun, adventurous, and educational activity for your child to participate in over MLK weekend? Sign them up for Coral Camp! This year, Reef Relief is offering a...

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Coral Camp is back!

World’s strangest sharks and rays ‘on brink of extinction’

Posted Tuesday December 04, 2018 by Reef Relief

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46420736 Some of the world’s most unusual sharks and rays are on...

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46420736 Some of the world’s most unusual sharks and rays are on the brink of extinction because of threats such as commercial fishing, scientists have said. A shark that uses...

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A 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history

Posted Monday October 22, 2018 by Reef Relief

A 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming...

A 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history An aerial image of an oil slick in the Gulf of...

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Clean Ups Scheduled for September and October

Posted Thursday September 06, 2018 by Reef Relief

Help us Clean Up the Florida Keys!! Check out the links below...

Help us Clean Up the Florida Keys!! Check out the links below for details about the clean ups happening in September and October. We need all the help we can...

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South Florida Dumps Partially Treated Human Waste Offshore but, it’s Cleaning Up its Act

Posted Tuesday September 04, 2018 by Reef Relief

Over the decades, billions of gallons of partially treated sewage have flushed...

Over the decades, billions of gallons of partially treated sewage have flushed their way from South Florida toilets to the Atlantic Ocean. Six plants jettisoned wastewater from outfall pipes in...

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Florida Reef Tract Coral Disease Outbreak

Posted Tuesday August 28, 2018 by Reef Relief

Full Article : https://floridakeys.noaa.gov/coral-disease/ Florida Reef Tract Coral Disease Outbreak Scientists, policy...

Full Article : https://floridakeys.noaa.gov/coral-disease/ Florida Reef Tract Coral Disease Outbreak Scientists, policy makers, and the public are responding to a disease event affecting the continental United States’ only living barrier...

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Reef Relief statement regarding the proposed Goliath Grouper rules

Posted Wednesday April 25, 2018 by Reef Relief

To: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Re: Reef Relief statement regarding...

To: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Re: Reef Relief statement regarding the proposed Goliath Grouper rules Reef Relief publicly opposes any type of harvest on the critically endangered Goliath...

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Reef Relief statement regarding the proposed Goliath Grouper rules