More education, engagement and freshwater

Captains Elizabeth Jolin and Xavier Figueredo know the Florida bay quite well having navigated the waters of one of the nicest coastal waters in the world for...

BLUE STAR FISHING – Program encourages preservation of unique ecosystem

By IAN WILSON There are many different initiatives in the Florida Keys that are aimed at protecting our local natural environments. From seagrass and coral restoration to water...

Commercial fishermen can apply for Irma assistance

Twenty-one months after Hurricane Irma, the funds are in place to begin restoring the losses of commercial fishermen in the Keys. The Florida Wildlife Commission has $44.6...

Global day encourages better future for oceans

On Saturday, June 8, people around the world will celebrate the blue bodies of water — our oceans. Known as World Oceans Day, the event is intended...

Foundation teaches survival skills

By any standards, this is a success. In the past six weeks, three instructors and 49 kids have been schooled in the swim-float-survive technique in the Florida...

Drink Beer for a Great Cause (and it’s really tasty beer from Florida Keys...

There’s a new beer that’s going to support coral research and rehabilitation efforts in the Florida Keys.  On May 17, Florida Keys Brewing Co. in Islamorada officially launched...

Welcome the Long Weekend at the Beach! Anne’s Beach Offers New Boardwalk

If all goes as planned, renovation at a popular park in Lower Matecumbe wiped out by Hurricane Irma could be complete by early summer.  Located at MM 73.5,...

Vandenberg project celebrates 10-year anniversary with weekend of events

By Erin Stover Sickmen On May 27, 2009 the USNS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg was intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef in the Florida Keys National Marine...

DiveN2Life trains a generation of gifted, scientific divers

After school, most young adolescents may get involved in sports, dance, clubs, maybe a little theater. In the Keys, they also might become scientific divers. Wait … what? Meet...

What recent great white sightings in the Keys mean

April and May have been big months for big sharks in the Keys. In mid-April, a fisherman named Carter Bates posted a video online of a white...