What Are Totten Beacons

These Totten Beacons, 19th-century aids to navigation, are protected historical resources. In 1513, Spanish explorer Ponce de León sailed into the strong currents of the Florida Straits. Little did he know that within a few years, these uncharted waters, which feed into the Gulf Stream, would become a major international shipping route to and from…

FWC Approves Changes to Trap Fisheries Rules

At its September meeting near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several changes to recreational and commercial trap fisheries rules. These changes are part of a long-term project to evaluate and improve the management of Florida’s saltwater trap fisheries. Approved changes include: Creating mandatory, no-cost annual recreational blue crab and stone crab trap…

Florida Keys Ocean Festival 12-1-18

Attendees at the eighth annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival can celebrate the island chain’s vibrant marine environment outdoors in Islamorada with live music, artistry, kids’ activities, educational exhibits and more. Presented by the Florida-based Mote Marine Laboratory, the family-friendly event is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the 45-acre waterfront Founders Park…

What Are Coral Reefs?

Table coral (Acropora cytherea) is common throughout the tropical Pacific, but in Hawaii its distribution is limited to French Frigate Shoals and neighboring atolls northwest of the main islands. Credit: Greg McFall/NOAA Coral reefs are large underwater structures composed of the skeletons of colonial marine invertebrates called coral. The coral species that build reefs are…

2018 Key West Paddle Classic 

The 12-mile distance around the island of Key West is to become a saltwater racecourse for competitors on paddleboards and self-propelled watercraft during the 2018 Key West Paddle Classic. The race is scheduled Saturday, April 28, with accompanying events for participants Thursday through Sunday, April 26-29. Presented by Lazy Dog, the challenge is open to…