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Florida Aquarium enters into historic partnership with Cuban aquarium

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The Florida Aquarium has entered into an agreement with the National Aquarium of Cuba with coral conservation in mind. The two aquariums entered into a first of its kind Memorandum of Understanding to allow researchers from both groups to share coral reef findings. The partnership is the first agreement the National Aquarium of Cuba has ever entered into with any U.S. aquarium. According to the Florida Aquarium, coral reefs are not only some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on…

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Hunt lionfish this mini-season, save reefs, keep more lobster

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is allowing divers to bring home an extra lobster per day during the state’s upcoming 2015 spiny lobster mini-season. The only stipulation, divers must also have harvested 10 or more lionfish on the same day. “Opportunities like this are a great way to get divers who are already in the water accustomed to removing lionfish,” said FWC Commissioner Brian Yablonski. “Our hope is that once lobster divers realize how easy it is…

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NOAA confirms underwater oil plume

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A Florida research vessel has found an underwater plume of oil as deep as 3,300 feet and as far as 142 miles southeast of the BP oil spill. The finding confirms the fears of Florida scientists and political leaders who warn that oil has polluted deep waters, causing unknown environmental damage apart from the surface slick lapping at the shores of the Gulf Coast. The southeasterly location of the plume indicates it has moved in the direction of the loop…

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