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Gulf spill restoration group seeking project ideas

Gulf spill restoration group seeking project ideas

More than $244 million is set aside for assisting in the recovery of coastal species from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and the Region-wide Trustee Implementation Group (RTIG) is looking for suggestions on how to spend it. RTIG is beginning the process of considering restoration project submissions.   Read the full article in the Oct. […]

Refuge receives grant for marine mammal rescue, research

Refuge receives grant for marine mammal rescue, research

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) has received a grant of nearly $251,000 to support the Marine Mammal Stranding Team’s efforts to rescue and research some of the Gulf of Mexico’s most endangered species. ECWR executive director Carol “Stormy” Andersen said the grant award caps off a yearlong effort to secure the funds through the […]

Hurricane forecast revised; more storms expected

Hurricane forecast revised; more storms expected

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters monitoring patterns announced Aug. 8 that conditions are now more favorable for above-normal hurricane activity since El Nino has now ended. Two named storms have formed so far this year and the peak months of the hurricane season, August through October, are now underway.   Read the full […]

FWC battling coral reef disease

FWC battling coral reef disease

Coral reefs in the Florida Reef Tract in the southern part of the state, which happens to be one of the largest reef systems in the world, are being impacted greatly by Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. The disease is caused by bacteria and can be transmitted through direct contact and water circulation. Read the […]

Whale strands on Opal Beach

Whale strands on Opal Beach

A rare beaked whale species that beached itself along Opal Beach Monday died shortly after being discovered, adding to a rising number of marine mammal deaths along the panhandle. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) Marine Mammal Stranding Team responded to Opal Beach, just west of Navarre at around 4:30 p.m. after beachgoers spotted the […]

Elevated dolphin deaths prompt NOAA investigation

Elevated dolphin deaths prompt NOAA investigation

Hundreds of bottlenose dolphin deaths in the northern Gulf of Mexico have prompted NOAA to declare an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) for the region. The declaration includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the panhandle of Florida in response to dolphins washing up dead on shorelines across the region.   Read the full article in the June […]

Upcoming hurricane season prediction: 12 to 14 storms

Upcoming hurricane season prediction: 12 to 14 storms

The 2019 hurricane season is predicted to be slightly busier than usual, according to AccuWeather’s hurricane forecast released last week. The report said 12 to 14 named storms are expected, with five to seven of them predicted to become hurricanes and two to four being major hurricanes. Read the full article in the April 11 […]

Closures to impact amberjack, triggerfish seasons

Closures to impact amberjack, triggerfish seasons

Recreational harvest for both greater amberjack and gray triggerfish won’t take place as expected in 2019. Currently in its annual closure, the greater amberjack season was supposed to open May 1 and last the entire month. Read the full article in the March 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – […]

Turtle center getting new vehicle to aid conservation

Turtle center getting new vehicle to aid conservation

National conservation organization Turtleman Foundation has awarded a $6,500 grant to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) to purchase a new all-terrain vehicle. The center will use the UTV (utility task vehicle) in its conservation efforts for sea turtle nesting surveys, sea turtle strandings, research and education, said Animal Care Team member Alex […]

Shark tagging vital tool in conservation efforts

Shark tagging vital tool in conservation efforts

A great white shark was caught off the Navarre Beach Pier a few weeks ago. It was 10 feet long, weighed 650 pounds and took nearly an hour to reel in. While it’s not unheard of to catch a great white in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s not common either. Read the full article in […]

State control of red snapper fishery closer to reality

State control of red snapper fishery closer to reality

State control of red snapper season in state and federal waters in the Gulf Mexico is closer to becoming reality. Behind a proposed fishery-management pilot program, which is also known as an Exempted Fishing Permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission would have the power to manage all recreational red snapper caught in state […]

New rebuilding plan in place for greater amberjack

New rebuilding plan in place for greater amberjack

Rebuilding plans change. That is the case for greater amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico. Originally set to be completed by 2019, the plan now has its target zeroed in on 2027. Greater amberjack have been overfished for more than 30 years and the hope was with the regulations in place that the fishery would […]

Reopening of gray triggerfish season on the horizon

Reopening of gray triggerfish season on the horizon

Fishermen will soon be able to cast their lines into the state waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the hopes of reeling in gray triggerfish. The recreational season was closed for most of 2017, opening only for a limited time over four weekends this past fall in state waters. Now the Florida Fish and […]

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 […]

UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: 10/7  8:30 a.m. Hurricane Nate is a category 1 storm steaming through the Gulf of Mexico. Currently maximum sustained winds are at 85 mph with movement to the north northwest at 22 mph. Currently our area remains under a hurricane watch, tropical storm warning and storm surge warning. We spoke with Jason Beaman, meteorologist […]

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 […]

NOAA announces federal recreational red snapper seasons

NOAA announces federal recreational red snapper seasons

NOAA announced the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper recreational seasons in federal waters Tuesday morning. The private angling federal recreational season and the federally permitted for-hire components will open June 1 at 12:01 a.m. The private angling season will close June 4 at 12:01 a.m. The for-hire season ends July 20 at 12:01 a.m., […]

Fishery council selects advisory panel

Fishery council selects advisory panel

The target date for the end of the rebuilding of the red snapper stock in the Gulf of Mexico won’t be reached for another 14 years, and yet, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council agrees with fishermen that the stock is healthier than it has been in the past. Read the full article in […]

Microplastics: Hidden source of beach pollution

Microplastics: Hidden source of beach pollution

Residents of Navarre and Gulf Breeze have been dumping pounds of plastic into the Gulf of Mexico for years without knowing it. Every time they go through their morning routine there is plastic slipping down the drain in the form of microbeads. These tiny balls of polyethylene are used as exfoliators and found in everyday […]

Season closed, but gray triggerfish population appears to be improving

Season closed, but gray triggerfish population appears to be improving

The closure of the gray triggerfish season in 2017 is bad news to fishermen in both state and federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. But the closure also signals that perhaps the rebuilding plan that was put in place for gray triggerfish population nearly a decade ago may actually be working. “In a sense, […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 1

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 1

NOAA: HURRICANE HUNTER PLANES MOVE FROM TAMPA TO LAKELAND NOAA announced the new home Wednesday for its two Lockheed WP-3D Orion “hurricane hunter” aircraft, along with its Gulfstream IV-SP. The planes fly in and around tropical storms to measure their intensity and forecast their path. DOLPHINS PLAYER LEON ORR CUT AFTER ARREST ON DRUG CHARGES […]

Greater amberjack season closes early

Greater amberjack season closes early

Plans to reopen the greater amberjack recreational fishery in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico this month are off the table due to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projecting the allowable harvest has been exceeded. The fishery was scheduled to be open until the end of the year. A similar fate for the […]

Lifeguards return for the season

Lifeguards return for the season

March marks the return of the spring breakers along with the only thing that keeps them from hurting themselves: Navarre Beach Lifeguards. “We have hired eight guards this season and expect to hire another six,” Sonja Lusk of the Navarre Beach Water Department said. “The guards will be on duty seven days a week from […]

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seeking public input

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seeking public input

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is currently seeking input from the public on proposed changes to the Gag and Black Grouper Recreational Management Measures in the Gulf of Mexico. Three changes are being proposed by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, including two that revolve around the minimum size limit of the fish. […]

Scientific efforts key to controlling lionfish problem

Scientific efforts key to controlling lionfish problem

Lionfish are here to stay. That is the message NOAA Research Fisheries Biologist Tom Jackson delivers when discussing the invasive species that has been present in the Gulf of Mexico since 2010. “The cat is already out of the bag,” Jackson said. “You can’t ever get rid of them. Anyone who tells me otherwise, I […]

Magnuson-Stevens Act has made sizable impact on health of fisheries

Magnuson-Stevens Act has made sizable impact on health of fisheries

The Magnuson-Stevens Act turns 40 in April. It has undergone its share of changes along the way, but four decades later, there is no question it has had a major impact on the management of fisheries in the United States. Read the full article in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to […]