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Florida project breeds ‘Finding Dory’ fish in captivity

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Researchers at the University of Florida say fish like the animated character Dory may become easier to find for home aquariums. In a statement Tuesday, researchers at the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory said they had successfully bred Pacific blue tangs in captivity for the first time. The blue species is the model for the forgetful fish featured in the films “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory.” Researchers say the breakthrough means that one day, home aquariums or marine life…

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Clearwater nonprofit receives fish-monitoring grant from Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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The nonprofit group Reef Monitoring, Inc. has received a grant for $8,400 from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to monitor fish populations in two reefs over the course of one year. RMI will partner with the aquarium to carry out the fish monitoring project. “We are proud to announce this joint venture with CMA,” said Dr. Heyward Mathews, lead scientist at RMI and original creator of the Clearwater Marine Science Center. “This grant and partnership will enable RMI to monitor fish…

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Today on Context Florida: Hunt & fish, FDLE, empathy and unsolved murders

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Today on Context Florida: Former state Rep. Rick Dantzler asks legislators where Florida children will now learn to hunt and fish. Hunting leases in Florida are too expensive, so gone are the days when a group of families from Central Florida could lease a big piece of land within a two-hour drive and find the kind of Florida in which Dantzler grew up. Jac Wilder VerSteeg offers a quick word about the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s decision to investigate whether…

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In the gilded world of Per Se’s kitchen

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You would think that in a lingering recession, the real urgency at Per Se would come from money matters, from the natural inclination of budget-conscious eaters to set aside their Visas for the moment and sate themselves on $13 Kung Pao chicken dinners instead of on a menu whose base cost is $275 a head. But in fact, the kitchen — 5,000 steel-and-tile square feet of it — is a lesson in the little-known field of gastro-economics: When it comes…

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