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April 8, 2015
Rare glimpse into how coral procreates could aid future conservation

A rare and threatened Caribbean coral species has for the first time been successfully bred and raised in the lab, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Ecology. The study provides the first photos and documentation of juveniles of this species, and could provide information to help bolster local coral reef conservation. […]

February 11, 2015
Please support Florida House Bill 611 Disposable Plastic Bags

Feb 9, 2015 — Today was a major step in progress towards reducing plastic bags within our environment in Florida. State Representative David Richardson, Miami Beach has filed House Bill 611 which bill that would allow cities with fewer than 100,000 people to create pilot programs to regulate or ban disposable plastic bags. The bill (HB […]

February 6, 2015
Colorful corals protect the algae inside

By Dalmeet Singh Chawla 30 January 2015 Ecologists have long wondered how two coral reefs—sitting right next to each other in the ocean—can be drastically different shades of color. The answer, according to a new study, has to do with some intriguing genetics. Read more at

January 20, 2015
Save centuries-old corals from destruction

NRDC Petition Off the Atlantic coast, undersea canyons with vibrant deep-sea corals provide food and shelter for squid, lobsters, and endangered fin and sperm whales. But as a global appetite for seafood grows, weighted fishing nets threaten to destroy the fragile, living seafloor that has taken hundreds—or even thousands—of years to establish. The regional fishery […]

Study: Bleaching events impair long-term coral reproduction

19 November 2014 .Smithsonian Magazine A new study by Florida State University and Smithsonian Institution biologists shows that bleaching events brought on by rising sea temperatures are having a detrimental long-term impact on coral. Bleaching—a process where high water temperatures or UV light stresses the coral to the point where it loses its symbiotic algal […]

September 2, 2014
Battle for the Reef

By Marian Wilkinson and Ali Russell. Four Corners and reporter Marian Wilkinson take you inside the agency that approved one of the most contentious environmental decisions this year. In January, the body tasked with protecting the Great Barrier Reef approved a plan to dump three million cubic metres of dredge spoil inside the marine […]

Social-Ecological Marine Restoration: A New Vision of Benefits for Nature – And People

Posted by The Nature Conservancy in Ocean Views on August 21, 2014. By Dr. Michael Beck, lead marine scientist, The Nature Conservancy Location Post: The Gulf of Aqaba. Red Sea reef restoration projects. Last month, I dove on some amazing reef restoration projects that have helped to transform the Gulf of Aqaba. From reducing […]

August 27, 2014
Lower Keys Coral Bleaching Report (August 22, 2014)

VICE Magazine Vol. 21 No. 8         . Having been preoccupied with the Miami Coral Rescue Mission this summer, we finally made our first excursion to the Lower Keys this summer on Friday August 22. Sadly, we found that a distressingly high percentage of corals living on the reefs in Hawk Channel […]

Reef Relief announces new multi-lingual reef etiquette guide

For Immediate Release                                   Contact: Reef Relief 305-294-3100 (Key West, FL) –Monday, August 11, 2014 Reef Relief announces a new resource to make visits to our reefs “reef –friendly”. Coral reefs here in the FL Keys are experienced by visitors from around the globe. A guide has been developed with funding from the FL DEP's […]

Plastic waste causes USD 13 bln damage to marine ecosystem

From Tracy Gill – NOAA Federal Plastic waste causes USD 13 bln damage to marine ecosystem: UN Plastic waste causes an annual damage of USD 13 billion to the marine ecosystem, two UN reports have said and underlined the need of recycling and redesigning plastic products to bring multiple green economy benefits. "Plastic contamination […]