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Community argues for, against Restoration Blueprint

Inside the Islander Conference Center on Dec. 10, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Sarah Fangman and advisory council members listened intently as captains, conservation stakeholders and...
NOAA Launches $97 Million Targeted Mission to Save Florida Reef Tract - A large body of water - Reef

NOAA Launches $97 Million Targeted Mission to Save Florida Reef Tract

On Dec. 9, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced an ambitious plan to restore seven reefs within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS). The...
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Upper Keys community remembers captain who lived big and loved hard

On Nov. 18, the Keys lost one of its own. Jeffrey Leonia, 24, was beloved by all who met him. He grew up on Marco Island and...
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members from Islamorada team with Air Station Miami for a search and rescue training recently a short distance from the headspin at Snake Creek. DAVID GROSS/Contributed

Auxiliary Air ops group works with Miami station

Every month, highly qualified local Coast Guard Auxiliary Air Operations Group members work with the Air Station Miami to provide valuable training for the men and women...
Saving a schooner – Historic flagship limps home to Key West - A large white boat sitting next to a body of water - Western Union

Saving a schooner – Historic flagship limps home to Key West

Like a war-weary veteran limping home from battle, damaged and unrecognizable, the historic Schooner Western Union made it back to Key West last week, a shell of...
WORTH THE WAIT – CRF corals spawn later than predicted - A man swimming in the dark - Free-diving

WORTH THE WAIT – CRF corals spawn later than predicted

Each year, just after the August full moon, scientists, divers, and coral nerds in the Keys hang out at the bottom of the ocean in the middle...
Lobster poachers get jail time, penalties - A group of people standing in a room - City council

Lobster poachers get jail time, penalties

Four of seven men arrested in 2017 for illegally harvesting 320 lobsters and other marine life from Marathon waters over two days have been ordered to jail...
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“Our Backyard is Changing.”

We third largest barrier reef in the world, right here in our backyard. The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) is our lifeline. It supports us all....
REEF Fest to offer diving, socials and more - A person standing in a kitchen - Product

REEF Fest to offer diving, socials and more

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) will celebrate the success and impact of marine conservation programs during REEF Fest, set for Oct. 17-20 in Key Largo. Sponsored by Capital...
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Revealed: Restoration Blueprint specifics for Middle Keys

On Sept. 30, staff from the Florida Keys National Wildlife Marine Sanctuary presented region-specific details of its Restoration Blueprint in the Marathon High School auditorium. The plan...