marine life

Red tide one of the worst in 60-plus years

Red tide one of the worst in 60-plus years

Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Scientist Kate Hubbard is asked often just how bad the current Red Tide plaguing Southwest Florida really is. In some ways, it seems like the worst ever. The dead sea life, including manatees, dolphins and sea turtles, as well as the declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Rick […]

Army Corps cautions subdivision about dredging canals

Army Corps cautions subdivision about dredging canals

The waterfront subdivision of Santa Rosa Shores has received a warning of sorts from the Army Corps of Engineers about its plan to dredge parts of the canals that allow boat access to its 231 homeowners. In an eight-page letter, sent to county officials in May, the Army Corps raised questions about possible environmental damage […]

Sea turtle nesting season gets underway

Sea turtle nesting season gets underway

Sea turtle nesting season on Navarre Beach began this month, with the first mother turtles expected to arrive by the start of June. Turtle Patroller Cathy Holmes said there are some easy ways for beachgoers to help protect the threatened and endangered species that make their way onto the beach each year to lay eggs. […]

Scout’s project aims to protect wildlife from fishing line

Scout’s project aims to protect wildlife from fishing line

Fishing line and other monofilaments kill and injure thousands of marine animals each year, and along Navarre Beach these materials frequently impact the health of local species, especially sea turtles. Navarre Boy Scout Shea Dixon, 15, has set out to help reduce that impact. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre […]

Mystery muck appears in Santa Rosa Sound

Mystery muck appears in Santa Rosa Sound

  Walking in his backyard, Navarre resident Duane Gilmore was greeted by an unusual odor and a frightening sight April 26. His home abuts Santa Rosa Sound, and he said looking out over the water that day he could see black, shiny muck floating in the water for several feet in each direction. Read the […]

Discovery Center concept revealed

Discovery Center concept revealed

Extensive outdoor learning spaces, examples of pristine habitats, interactive marine exhibits and a two-story learning center were among the details outlined in preliminary ideas for Navarre Beach’s future Discovery Center. The visualization, along with a detailed history of similar projects, secured Caldwell Associates Architects the contract for designing the future of the Navarre Beach Marine […]

Another reef on the horizon for Navarre Beach

Another reef on the horizon for Navarre Beach

Phase III of the Florida Artificial Reef Creation and Restoration project continues and bid solicitation has been finalized for a near-shore fishing and diving reef off Navarre Beach. The project is funded by Natural Resource Damage Assessment money as a result of the BP oil spill in 2010. The total estimated cost of the project […]

Science station debuts new learning tool

Science station debuts new learning tool

When busloads of Holley Navarre Primary School students arrived at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS) on Thursday, they were greeted by one massive new friend. Diana the humpback whale made her debut. Diana is a life-size inflatable model that the science station will be using to teach lessons about marine mammals. Composed of […]

Team aims to determine true numbers of red snapper population

Team aims to determine true numbers of red snapper population

No one knows for sure how many red snapper are out in the Gulf of Mexico. Fishermen believe there are more than the numbers calculated in stock assessments. A team of 21 scientists from state and federal agencies and universities in the Gulf Coast region, including Florida, are determined to paint a better picture of […]

NOAA taking advantage of advances in technology

NOAA taking advantage of advances in technology

Technology makes a world of difference, even on the water. NOAA is capitalizing on the technology when it comes to managing fisheries, including along the heavily fished Gulf Coast. “We’re moving to a more automated way of doing things, and that reduces the number of people who need to go out for research,” said Roy […]

Manatee population continues to recover

Manatee population continues to recover

November is Manatee Awareness Month and the state of the species is far better than it used to be, with Florida manatees now listed as threatened rather than endangered. The change in status of the species, which was made in March due to increased population counts, is the result of effective protection measures. The manatee […]

Protecting the shoreline naturally

Protecting the shoreline naturally

Paddling along the waterways of Navarre and Gulf Breeze, kayaker Dave Barker is disappointed. He said rather than the naturally sloping habitats that support dozens of species of fish, crabs, shrimp and more, he is greeted by almost continuous sea walls. “Most of the shorelines that I see where residents are, they are not natural,” […]

Dune damage on Navarre Beach costly

Dune damage on Navarre Beach costly

  Staying off the sand dunes along Navarre Beach is more than good environmental policy, it is a legal requirement. Since 2007 Santa Rosa County has had an ordinance on the books to stop people from setting foot on these natural formations, and for good reason. Sand dunes are a naturally occurring and crucial part […]

Hatchling hustle

Hatchling hustle

Navarre Beach’s last sea turtle nest of the season offered up an unexpected surprise on Friday, Oct. 27 as roughly a dozen loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings made their sprint for the Gulf of Mexico in broad day light. At around 9:30 a.m. visitors from out of state watched and snapped pictures as the smaller-than-golf-ball-sized babies […]

New satellite will be launched in November and aid in management of fisheries

New satellite will be launched in November and aid in management of fisheries

In early November, the first of four advanced polar-orbiting satellites known as the Joint Polar Satellite System will be launched from California, the result of a collaboration between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA. Its purpose will be to collect data that will prove beneficial to the management of fisheries and other protected […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Sea Turtle Extravaganza Learn about sea turtles through games, crafts, jellyfish hat photos and more on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.   Navarre Fishing Rodeo The Navarre Chamber Foundation is excited to once […]

Update: Reef Deployment complete

Update: Reef Deployment complete

As of  6 p.m. Wednesday, deployment of the expansion of the Navarre Beach near-shore snorkel reef was completed. Despite rough seas and shallow water earlier in the process, workers from reef-building company Walter Marine were able to place the final modules more than doubling the snorkel reef’s size.  Deployment began last week, but sand changes […]

Reef expansion set to begin

Reef expansion set to begin

Navarre Beach’s gulf side artificial snorkel reef will triple in size by as early as September. Santa Rosa County Commissioners selected Walter Marine July 27 to place 60 new artificial reef structures on both sides of the existing reef as part of a $1.4 million National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grant. The $210,900 cost for […]

Storm damages sea turtle nests on Navarre Beach

Storm damages sea turtle nests on Navarre Beach

Tropical Storm Cindy may have claimed quite a few victims along Navarre Beach as the storm surge washed wave after wave over the area’s sea turtle nests. Cathy Holmes of the Sea Turtle Patrol said her organization has been getting some really bad news. “We have seven nests that were totally underwater for 48 to […]

Gulf Coast Discovery Center seeking new site

Gulf Coast Discovery Center seeking new site

Navarre Beach’s Gulf Coast Discovery Center has cleared another hurdle toward construction, but it’s also facing a new set of questions. The Discovery Center project was approved as part of a larger multiyear plan for BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill RESTORE Pot 1 funds submitted by Santa Rosa County to the U.S. Treasury, which will […]

Reef camera out of commission

Reef camera out of commission

For those that enjoy checking in on the world below the surface on Navarre Beach via the Navarre Beach Science Station’s (NBMSS) underwater reef camera, the last few days may have been disappointing. The camera has been off line. In fact, it’s not even under the water. It’s been shipped off for repair. This self-cleaning […]

Kids plunge into learning at science station camp

Kids plunge into learning at science station camp

Despite patches of rainy weather, the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station launched the first of this year’s summer camps last week. Dolphin Discovery had children entering third through eighth grade learning and playing along Navarre Beach June 12 through 16. The children participated in a variety of activities that familiarized them with the species that […]

Clear bottom kayak provides unique view

Clear bottom kayak provides unique view

Dozens of visitors paddled out to the Navarre Beach Gulf side artificial reef Saturday as part of Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary’s Clear Bottom Kayak Reef Tours. Mike Sandler of the Marine Sanctuary said this year’s first tours were a huge success. “It was a big success. There were a lot of people out there and […]

Inside the life of a shark researcher

Inside the life of a shark researcher

Inspiration comes from a lot of different places. Dr. John Carlson, a Research Fish Biologist for NOAA Fisheries, has always loved ocean life. Seeing the movie “Jaws” as a child pushed his inspiration to get involved in shark research over the top. Read the full article in the May 18 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Local graduate pursues conservation at Key West Aquarium

Local graduate pursues conservation at Key West Aquarium

Often there is a moment in life that a person can point to when they discover their passion. There is that one experience or piece of advice that launches a lifelong pursuit. For Key West Aquarium aquarist and college student Laura Canella, that moment came on a student field trip to the Florida Keys with […]

Autism OdysSea celebrates fifth anniversary

Autism OdysSea celebrates fifth anniversary

The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station is preparing to host its fifth annual Autism OdysSea. The event brings families with children who have autism spectrum disorders to Navarre Beach for a day of learning and fun focused on marine life. Read the full article in the April 6 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at […]

Wildlife refuge development postponed by neighbors’ concerns

Wildlife refuge development postponed by neighbors’ concerns

Rezoning of a Holley property to allow for the relocation of a wildlife refuge to the area was postponed for a month following concerns from neighbors. The two parcels up for a zoning change are located on Cloptons Circle off State Road 87 south. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre […]

Cig the sea turtle joins Gigi at conservation center

Cig the sea turtle joins Gigi at conservation center

Cig the green sea turtle creation “swam” his way to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) Friday joining the center’s resident loggerhead sea turtle Gigi. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Eagle Scout builds exam table to assist turtle center

Eagle Scout builds exam table to assist turtle center

Throughout the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC), there is project after project made possible by a volunteer. From the paintings on the walls to the educational displays, much of what is in the center was donated, and many of those projects were completed by local scouts as their Eagle Scout project. Read the […]

County weighs company for reef expansion project

County weighs company for reef expansion project

Expansion of Navarre Beach’s two artificial reefs could be a step closer if the Board of County Commissioners votes Thursday to select Taylor Engineering to guide the project toward completion. Paid for in part by a Deepwater Horizon Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) grant, the reef expansion would add 60 modules to the existing snorkel […]