Charity Fishing Tournament to Benefit Rookery Bay Reserve
(9/15/14) - The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the
Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014.
Rookery Bay Reserve Participates in World Shorebirds Day
(9/12/14) - Rookery Bay Reserve staff and volunteers count more than 600 shorebirds for an online database as
part of the inaugural World Shorebirds Day.
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.
Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve Management Plan Approved by
Acquisition and Restoration Council
(8/15/14) - The Acquisition and Restoration Council today approved the 10-year
management plan for Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve
located in Lee County and encompassing 11,000 acres of exceptionally beautiful sovereign submerged lands.
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.
Keewaydin Island Ranked as One of the World's Top 10
(8/13/14) - Keewaydin Island, located within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, was recently
named by CNN online as one of the world's "Top Ten Secret Beaches."
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.
Rookery Bay to Host Mangroves Trimming Regulations Workshop
(8/4/14) - Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will host a learning opportunity for landscape
professionals focusing on responsible mangrove maintenance on August 14.
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.
Residents from Across the State Create Support Organization for Aquatic Preserves
(6/27/14) - A new statewide citizen support organization (CSO), the Aquatic Preserve Society, has been
formed to promote the protection of Florida's 41 aquatic preserves.
Summer Means Science for DEP's Coral Reef Program and
Southeast Florida Community
(6/25/14) - This summer the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP)
will gather valuable scientific information about southeast Florida's coral reefs through citizen science programs,
as well as staff research dives.
Rare Plant Species Blossom After Prescribed Burn
(6/23/14) - Several new sites of five rare plants were
recently discovered at St. Joseph Bay State Buffer
Preserve after a prescribed burn.
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.
Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves to Celebrate 40 Years of
Protection (6/20/14) - In October, Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves will celebrate its 40th anniversary, and
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Coastal Office invites you to join in on the
State Approved Purchase of 155 Acres for Conservation (6/17/14)
- The Florida Cabinet approved the purchase of more than
155 acres of property adjacent to Lower Wekiva River
Preserve State Park which helps protect Wekiva River
Active Duty Military and their Families Receive Free
Admission to GTM Research Reserve this Summer (6/16/14)
- Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research
Reserve will participate this summer in Blue Star
Museums. Free admission will be offered to the nation's
activy duty military personnel from Memorial Day through
Labor Day 2014.
Summer Science Camp Bridges Learning Gap - GTM Research
Reserve (6/6/14) - The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting numerous
science-based activities and events for students. Events include summer camps, engaging educational lectures
Summer Science Camp Bridges Learning Gap - Rookery Bay
National Estuarine Research Reserve (6/6/14) -
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting numerous science-based activities and events for students.
Events include engaging educational lectures, a watercolor exhibit and free admission for several events.
Florida Sea Turtle Nesting Season
is Here (5/22/14) - Sea turtle nesting has begun in Florida and will continue through the end of October.
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's Northwest District and Aquatic Preserves Host
Shoreline Cleanup in Celebration of Earth Day (4/22/14)
- DEP's Northwest District and Northwest Florida
Aquatic Preserves hosted a shoreline cleanup at "Project
GreenShores" in celebration of Earth Day. More than 60
volunteers collected 39 bags of trash during the three
Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve Management Plan Approved by Acquisition and Restoration Council (4/11/14) -
The Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve Management Plan was approved by the Acquisition and Restoration Council.
The Council is responsible for reviewing the management plans and land use for all state-owned conservation lands,
as well as the selection and ranking of land acquisition projects on the Florida Forever priority list.
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
Governor Scott, Cabinet Approve
Rookery Bay Reserve Management Plan (3/6/14) - Governor Scott and the Florida Cabinet approved the ten year
plan for Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, a 110,000-acre site of forests, uplands and waters
in Southwest Florida.
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.