DEP's Florida Coastal Office Debuts Interactive Map of Aquatic Preserves
(11/6/14) - Take a virtual tour through some of Florida's most outstanding coastal habitats. The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection's Florida Coastal Office presents an online interactive story map that takes visitors on a virtual tour of the state's
41 aquatic preserves through pictures, videos and website links.
Florida Celebrates High Sea Turtle Nest Count This
(10/29/14) - Researchers are again seeing a high number of sea turtle nests on Florida's beaches this year. The number of nests in Florida
has increased over the past several years as a result of increased conservation efforts and decreased detrimental storms throughout the state.
Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve Management Plan Approved
by Acquisition and Restoration Council
(10/17/14) - The Acquisition and Restoration Council today approved the 10-year management plan for Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve located
in central Florida and encompassing 6,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands. These lands include a 22-mile portion of a federally
designated American Heritage River and a 19-mile section of a federally designated Wild and Scenic River.
Gov. Scott: Florida Gulf Coast Restoration Moving Forward
(10/7/14) - Governor Rick Scott announced the funding of the third and largest set of early restoration projects, as approved by
the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees. Nearly $88 million represents 28 projects, which will
take place throughout many communities along the Panhandle. Additionally, two U.S. Department of the Interior projects will take
place at Gulf Islands National Seashore in Escambia County and total approximately $15 million.
St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserves Celebrates the Bay
(10/6/14) - Community members celebrate the beauty of the bay at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve's Bay Day celebration
by participating in tram tours through the heart of the preserve, shoreline and kayak excursions, birding and nature walks, and
a traditional low country boil. More than 160 attendees enjoyed the Bay Day celebration on Oct. 4, 2014, at the St. Joseph Bay
State Buffer Preserve visitor's center.
Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Celebrate 40 Years of Protection
(10/6/14) - A month-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves continues to bring much-needed
attention to one of the state's treasured natural resources. The "Soiree by the Bay," held Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at the Deering Estate
at Cutler, featured the beauty and history of the aquatic preserves in pictures, art, video and storytelling.
Apalachicola Research Reserve Offers Panhandle Habitat Courses
(10/2/14) - The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) offers professional-level classes for coastal
decision-makers, working professionals and concerned citizens throughout October and November. The Panhandle Habitat series
of classes offers three different topics: estuaries, barrier islands, and rivers and floodplains.
GTM Research Reserve Celebrates National Estuaries Day
(10/1/14) - Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. joined more than 365 community
members for Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve's National Estuaries Day celebration, "FAMILY EcoMENTALITY,"
on Sept., 27.
Apalachicola Research Reserve Celebrates the Estuary
(9/30/14) - The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) hosted its annual National Estuaries Day Celebration on
Friday, Sept. 26, in Eastpoint. Approximately 618 visitors interacted with more than 25 staff from ANERR, along with 57 adult
volunteers and 13 student volunteers.
Rookery Bay Reserve Hosts National Estuaries Day
(9/30/14) - Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve welcomed 450 adults and 150 children for its annual celebration
of estuaries, the special places where rivers meet the sea. The event engaged visitors in the enjoyment of coastal resources
through staff-narrated boat tours, kayaking and paddle boarding on Henderson Creek, as well as food and live music.
Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Hosts International Coastal Cleanup
(9/23/14) - The Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves continues its efforts to keep Biscayne Bay clean through its annual participation
in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup Day. Last Saturday, a total of 112 volunteers in 24 groups picked up
53 bags of trash along protected mangrove shorelines throughout the Pelican Harbor Marina site.
GTM Research Reserve Celebrates National Estuaries Day
(9/23/14) - Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve hosts its National Estuaries Day celebration,
"Family EcoMENTALITY," on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Environmental Education Center. Department of
Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. will attend the celebration and welcome guests to the event.
Rookery Bay Reserve Seeks Motivated Volunteers
(9/4/14) - Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is seeking 10 to 15 new volunteers who are
year-round Florida residents. Volunteering allows participants to learn about the local environment while
helping the state of Florida preserve natural resources and cultural heritage for future generations. Volunteers
at Rookery Bay Reserve have the opportunity to assist in many areas including research, education, resource
management, facilities and administration.
Mangrove Restoration Study Underway in Rookery Bay
(9/2/14) - Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has entered into a research partnership with the U.S.
Geological Service (USGS) to conduct a long-term study of a mangrove die-off area near Goodland. USGS awarded
funding to this project for a minimum of three years to assess the 225-acre hydrologic restoration, partially
underway, at Fruit Farm Creek.
GTM Research Reserve Announces Successful Derelict Crab
(8/27/14) - Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve announced that the Northeast Florida
Aquatic Preserves conducted their first derelict crab trap removal event from Aug. 21-23, 2014. This successful
removal of 27 traps was a collaborative effort of the Northeast Florida Aquatic Preserves, the GTM Research Reserve,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Neil Armingeon, Matanzas Riverkeeper.
GTM Research Reserve Marineland Hosts Mangrove Workshop
(8/27/14) - Today, the GTM Research Reserve's Coastal Training Program and the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection's Northeast District educated more than 25 people during the free workshop, "Living with Mangroves," held
at the Marineland Field Office.
GTM Research Reserve Seeking Volunteers
(8/14/14) - Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve will host a volunteer
orientation meeting on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the GTM Environmental Education Center. Anyone interested
in volunteering in a natural setting with a focus on conservation is encouraged to attend.
Invasive Lionfish Focus of Upcoming Apalachicola Reserve
(8/12/14) - Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission's Lionfish Action Control Team are partnering to raise awareness about the invasive lionfish.
Local fishing guide, Grayson Shepard, will talk with the public about the recent increase in population of the
invasive lionfish during a Sci-Cafe Aug. 14 at Tamara's Tapas Bar and Grill in Apalachicola. Free, cooked lionfish
samples will be offered, with sides and drinks available for purchase.
Celebrate National Wildlife Day with Local Artist at
(8/11/14) - Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center will offer buy one, get one free admission in
honor of National Wildlife Day on Sept. 4. Events include a live painting demonstration and guided tour
of wildlife artwork in the art gallery with local artist Linda Soderquist.
Celebrate Smokey Bear's Birthday at Rookery Bay Reserve
(8/4/14) - Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer buy one, get one free admission in honor
of Smokey Bear's 70th birthday on August 8. Since 1944, this legendary bear has reminded us of the dangers of
forest fires and how we can do our part to prevent them.
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Making Progress
(7/25/14) - Approval of this process means council members can begin submitting projects as early as next month,
with project-vetting activities taking place later this fall. The Council will invest in specific actions, projects
and programs that can be carried out in the near-term to help ensure on-the-ground results to restore the overall
health of the ecosystem.
DEP Invites Residents, Visitors to "Discover Florida Wild"
(7/16/14) - State agencies, VISIT Florida launched an online recreation gateway. The portal allows visitors
to link to state agencies managing more than 700 natural springs, 825 miles of beaches and 10,000 miles of
hiking, paddling, equestrian and biking trails.
Famous Diver Partners to Increase Coral Reef Awareness
(6/23/14) - Philippe Cousteau Jr, the grandson of legendary Jacques Cousteau, recorded a 30-second public
service announcement promoting the importance of Florida's coral reefs and advocated support for the "Our
Florida Reefs" community planning process.
Guy Harvey Brings Awareness to Florida
Reefs (5/8/14) - The DEP's Coral Reef Conservation Program premiered a series of six 30-second public service
announcements (PSAs) today focusing on southeast Florida coral reefs and the Our Florida Reefs Community Planning
Process. Among the diverse group of talent featured in the PSAs was world-renowned marine life artist Guy Harvey,
as well as local celebrities and reef users.
Rookery Bay Research Reserve, Discovery Channel Honor
Students for Film Projects (5/1/14) - DEP's Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve hosted the
Second Annual Lely High School Marine Science Student Film Premiere.With the reserve as the backdrop, 30 teams of
students interviewed scientists and educators to learn about local environmental issues. In partnership with Discovery
Education, the students also worked with the Discovery Channel's associate producers on the mechanics of making a film.
DEP Participates in the 14th Annual Oceans Day at the Capitol (4/9/14) - The DEP participated in the 14th annual
celebration of Florida Oceans Day at the Capitol. This year's theme, "Tomorrow's Ocean Workforce," highlighted the
contributions of the ocean and coastal economy for job creation in the Sunshine State.
Coral Reef Conservation Program Community Working Group Meetings Begin (3/17/14) - The Our Florida Reefs
community planning process for Florida's coral reefs focuses on the northern third of the Florida reef tract
stretching more than 100 miles from Key Biscayne to the St. Lucie Inlet. The working group members will meet
monthly for a year to review the latest science on Southeast Florida's coral reefs and work together to make
GTM Research Reserve Hosts State of the Reserve (2/20/14) - The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine
Research Reserve hosted its third annual State of the Reserve Friday at the Environmental Education Center in
Ponte Vedra Beach, focusing on research that examined water quality, habitats and species within estuarine and
Apalachicola NERR Staff, Volunteers Help Rescue 127
Cold-Stunned Turtles (1/31/14) - Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve staff members, along with
staff from the University of Florida, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff, and volunteers
patrolled the southwest corner of St. Joe Bay on shore and by boat on Thursday and Friday to search and rescue
cold-stunned sea turtles.