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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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Gulf oil spill likely to reach Florida Keys, Miami, report says

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Hundreds of skimming boats prepared Friday to return to calmer Gulf waters in the wake of Hurricane Alex and resume cleanup of the massive BP oil spill, which scientists now predict is likely to reach the Florida Keys and Miami in the months ahead. Using computer simulations based on 15 years of wind and ocean current data, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report Friday showing a 61% to 80% chance of the oil spill reaching within 20 miles…

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Loop Current poses oil-spill threat to Atlantic

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Now that the giant oil slick in the Gulf appears to be entering a Loop Current likely to carry polluted water to the Atlantic, the world has learned that offshore spills pose widespread threats far beyond a damaged well. The consequences could shape future decisions on whether to expand drilling into new areas of the Gulf and other waters. The current spill near Louisiana poses a danger to the Florida Keys, the southeast coast from Miami to West Palm Beach…

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