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April 14, 2015
1st Annual Dockside Tropical Cafe Red Dress Hash to Benefit Reef Relief

June 12-14, 2015 Marathon, FL COST: $27.08 (cash discounted price of $25.00) WHERE: Dockside Tropical Cafe, 35 Sombrero Blvd, Marathon, FL 33050 TIME: 4:00 COST: $25 per person. WHAT YOU GET: Beer, Drinks, Food, Goody Bag, Live Entertainment, Red Dress Run  To register visit: QUESTIONS?: Contact Mu-Sick, aka Capt Dennis Gill, [email protected] Schedule of events: […]

February 17, 2015
Moving Lake Okeechobee Water South

A new online interactive map tracks the weekly amount and movement of water south out of Lake Okeechobee as well as updates on the storage capacity of major storage areas. To help reduce freshwater releases to South Florida's estuaries during the 2014 wet season, South Florida Water Management District operations moved approximately 339 billion gallons […]

Great Job Key West High School Reef Relief Club!

  Students removed 248.56 lbs of marine debris from the shores of Key West. Thanks to Parrot Key  Resort and Sunset Water Sports!  

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 […]

June 11, 2014
Marine sanctuary group considers lots of new protected wildlife management areas

By KEVIN WADLOW [email protected] June 7, 2014  A plan going to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's advisory council for review June 17 proposes to double the number of wildlife management areas in nearshore waters. Regulations in the 27 existing wildlife areas typically limit boats to low speeds, require no-motor access or ban entry altogether to […]

November 13, 2013
Harmful algae invades the Florida Keys

There's no better trip south than the one that takes you into Florida's playground. It's a place where the wake from vessels can take your mind into paradise and noone knows that better than Captain Karl Hamp. For 30 years he's had the best view from the office but has seen the worst of what […]

August 15, 2013
Key West / August 20 Lionfish Safe Handling & Capture Workshop

Key West / August 20 Lionfish Safe Handling & Capture Workshop Members of the dive public are invited to attend a free lionfish safe handling and capture workshop at 6:30 p.m. at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West (35 East Quay Road). Learn about lionfish biology, research, and safe capture and handling techniques. […]

September 21, 2012
14th Annual Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival Set for Sept. 25-30

MARATHON, Florida Keys — The 14th annual Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival is scheduled Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 25-30, offering participants real-life tips for becoming better birders, outdoor enthusiasts and nature photographers. Focusing on native wildlife, the family-friendly event is staged at Marathon’s oceanfront preserve, Curry Hammock State Park, mile marker (MM) 56.2, and […]

June 4, 2012
ACTION ALERT: Public Meetings

Provide comment in person The sanctuary and its advisory council are accepting public comments in person at five meetings. Meetings start at 4:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. Sanctuary and Refuge staff will provide presentations about sanctuary zones, regulations and the Refuge’s Backcountry Management Plan at approximately 4:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Attendees may […]

February 2, 2012
Marine sanctuary chief earns national honor

By KeysNet Staff Posted – Wednesday, February 01, 2012 11:05 AM EST The superintendent of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary has been named the outstanding manager of his federal agency. Sean Morton, who has overseen the 2,900-square-mile marine area since February 2009, was picked as manager of the year by the Office of National […]