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Florida is set to impose restrictions on shore based shark fishing Photo

Florida is set to impose restrictions on shore based shark fishing

Florida state wildlife commission voted Wednesday to impose restrictions on shore based shark fishing. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which met in Fort Lauderdale, voted unanimously to create much stricter rules for shore based shark fishing. The exact rules will be drawn up at a later date, but may include licenses for shore based shark fishing as well as restrictions on gear that may be used for fishing.

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Potential new species of manta ray spotted off Palm Beach Florida Photo

Potential new species of manta ray spotted off Palm Beach Florida

Drone footage shot off Palm Beach, Florida by photographer Ivy Yin of Our Children’s Earth Foundation shows footage of a potentially new species of manta ray. Yin sent the footage to Dr. Andrea Marshall, co-founder of the Marine Megafauna Foundation, and a scientist who studies manta rays off the Florida coast. Not only does she believe this to be a new species of manta ray, but also that the coast of Florida around Palm Beach could serve as a nursery for this species.

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Florida may be on track for highest year of manatee deaths on record Photo

Florida may be on track for highest year of manatee deaths on record

Florida may be on track to have the highest year of recorded manatee deaths on record. The number collected up to March 2nd is at 166, with 51 of those due to cold, while the remaining are due to red tide and boat collisions. Manatee deaths in the state are progressively on the rise up from 472 in 2016 to 538 in 2017. While it is true that manatee populations are on the rise, they face rising threats posed by ever increasing human populations in the state.

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Underwater memorial honoring veterans to be constructed off Florida Photo

Underwater memorial honoring veterans to be constructed off Florida

A memorial dedicated to United States veterans is set to be constructed underwater off the coast of Tampa, Florida. The memorial will be called the Circle of Heroes and will consist of 24 concrete life-size figures that weigh 1300 pounds each. Organizers hope the 40-foot deep memorial will become a dive destination and bring in revenue to the area. Half the figures are set to be placed by the end of this summer.

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Diver encounters 10 critically endangered sawfish off Florida coast Photo

Diver encounters 10 critically endangered sawfish off Florida coast

Earth Touch News has released a video filmed by diver John Dickinson. The remarkable thing about Dickinson’s video is that is shows the ten sawfish he came across in two different locations of Florida’s Jupiter inlet. The sawfish are a critically endangered shark, and to see that number of them in the span of two locations in quite remarkable.

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Scientists discover method to grow corals up to 50 times faster than in the wild Photo

Scientists discover method to grow corals up to 50 times faster than in the wild

Scientists from Florida’s Mote Tropical Research Laboratory have discovered a technique to grow corals for transplantation 25 to 50 times faster than they would one their own. The technique is known as micro-fragmenting and may help to re-grow corals to transplant onto dead or dying reefs that took centuries to develop.

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