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FROM ‘HABITUAL HOOKER’ TO KEYS KRITTER — A KEYS (SEA TURTLE) SUCCESS STORY

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“This is a repeat offender or ‘habitual hooker,’ as we call it,” said Whitney Crowder, a sea turtle rehabilitation coordinator from the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in...

Sponge Bob(bie) Restores the Reef

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While Islamorada is a few worlds away from Bikini Bottom, the cartoon home of SpongeBob SquarePants, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t still a connection. Take Bobbie...

MORE THAN 1,000 LIONFISH CAUGHT IN DERBY

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Twenty teams took to the water and collected 1,215 invasive lionfish during the 2021 Florida Keys Lionfish Derby & Festival, hosted by Reef Environmental Education Foundation. Teams...

FISH REPORT: MAHI ON THE MOVE

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This Week’s Fishing Report - Late Season Migration Reports from my Good Karma Sportfishing podcast listeners indicate the mahi-mahi disappearing off the coast of New Jersey, which means...

DIVE REPORT: SHARKS, SEA TURTLES & OCEAN STEWARDSHIP

This Week’s Dive Report It’s fall — and you know what that means! The weather is slowly changing. Conditions were great up until the weekend when the winds...

FISH REPORT: BALLYHOO & BLACK GROUPER BITES

By Ryan Van Fleet This Week’s Fishing Report We are starting to see some big vermilion snappers in the deeper water, as well as yellow eye snappers, on the...

MORE THAN 9,000 LBS OF GARBAGE COLLECTED IN 1ST MARINE DEBRIS COMPETITION

Debris collectors took to the shoreline and beneath the ocean depths for the first marine debris cleanup tournament on Sept. 18. Thirty-eight participants registered for the By...

FISHING REPORT: FALL BAIT MIGRATION KICK STARTS INCREDIBLE FISHING

By Ryan Van Fleet This Week’s Fishing Report Anchoring and fishing along the reef during October is a good option. The fall bait migration kick starts incredible fishing for...

DIVE REPORT: SYMBIOSIS AT SEA

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This Week’s Dive Report Conditions this week were great. October is a wonderful month to be in the Florida Keys, and it showed in our weather this week....

FISH REPORT: STONE CRAB SEASON STARTS

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By Ryan Van Fleet This Week’s Fishing Report Stone crab pots are in, and now is the time to run out to the gulf to get into the hot...