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Portrait of an invasion
MIAF
The red lionfish is an invasive species native to the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Their human-caused introduction and subsequent population increase are now causing negative impacts on marine ecosystems in the southeastern seaboard of the U.S. and the Caribbean Sea. Lionfish are efficient predators invading a variety of natural and artificial habitats, competing with native predator fish and consuming smaller fishes, including the young of large species.
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LEGISLATIVE NEWS


Author Jim Hunter named IMBC keynote speaker
IMBC
Professional speaker and author Jim Hunter will present the keynote address at the next International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC). Hunter's session, "The Power of Servant Leadership," will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, at 8:30 a.m.
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FAC coordinators response to US Treasury Interim Final Rule
MIAF
Consortium staff has been reviewing the U.S. Treasury Interim Final Rule that was published in the Federal Register recently. Earlier, staff had a discussion and comment conference call with the 23 Florida Gulf Coast County Attouneys.
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Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Management Plan public meetings
MIAF
The Florida Coastal Office is holding a series of public meetings to receive public comment on the draft Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Management Plan, including Banana River, Indian River-Malabar to Vero Beach, Indian River-Vero Beach to Ft. Pierce and Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet aquatic preserves. The draft plan is available for viewing or download it here. The Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Management Plan Advisory Committee will be participating.

Meeting Dates and Locations
  • Monday, Sept. 22, 6–8 p.m.
  • Fenn Center
    2000 Virginia Avenue
    Ft. Pierce, Florida 34982

  • Tuesday, Sept. 23, 6–8 p.m.
  • Indian River County Administration Complex
    Building A, County Commission Chamber
    1801 27th Street
    Vero Beach, Florida 32960

  • Wednesday, Sept. 24, 6-8 p.m.
  • Martin County Commission Chambers
    1st Floor
    2401 SE Monterey Road
    Stuart, Florida 34996

  • Thursday, Sept. 25, 6–8 p.m.
  • Brevard County Government Center
    County Commission Chambers
    2725 Judge Fran Jamiesen Way
    Viera, Florida 32940

Written comments are welcome and can be submitted by mail to 3300 Lewis Street, Ft. Pierce, Florida 34981 or by email to FloridaCoasts@dep.state.fl.us by Friday, Oct. 24.

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Anchoring public workshops
MIAF
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Division of Law Enforcement announces two public workshops to which all interested parties are invited.

Date and time: Sept. 3, 5:30-8 p.m.

Place: Indian River County Administration Complex, 1801 27th Street, Building A, Vero Beach, Florida 32960

(772) 567-8000

Date and time: Sept. 4, 5:30–8 p.m.

Place: Manatee County Commission Chambers, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida 34205, (941) 748-4501

General subject matter to be considered: The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission will be holding two public workshops presenting a frame work for possible legislation granting limited authority to counties and municipalities to regulate anchoring on state waters in certain circumstances. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed frame work in verbal or written form immediately following the presentation. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise the respective location at least five (5) calendar days before the meeting by contacting: ADA Coordinator, see numbers listed above. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency by calling the numbers listed above.

To access meeting agenda and document (document also attached to this annoucement) for discussion purposes, please visit our website.

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National Marine Fisheries questionnaire
MIAF
The permit process with National Marine Fisheries has caused severe delays in obtaining permits for marine construction projects. In an effort to work with congressional representatives to assist all of us in resolving this issue and get the process on track for reasonable application guidelines and timelines, MIAF would like to gather the following information to use in these discussions.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


NOAA's Marine Debris Program reports on the national issue of derelict fishing traps
EurekAlert! via Electronic Component News
Thousands of fishing traps are lost or abandoned each year in U.S. waters and become what are known as derelict traps, which continue to catch fish, crabs and other species such as turtles. These traps result in losses to habitat, fisheries and the watermen who depend on the resources — losses that are largely preventable, according to a newly published NOAA study.
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Florida needs to prepare for impacts of sea level rise
The Florida Times-Union
Ever hear of “clear sky flooding?” It is happening regularly in the Miami area. Flooding is occurring on sunny days. What if the sea level rises, too? Suddenly Miami could be facing billions of dollars in flood control and mitigation costs. That’s not all. South Florida’s drinking water supplies are threatened by intrusion of salt water into the aquifer. Impacts could be felt in agriculture and tourism.
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Snapper limits reduced, cormorant killings challenged
Florida Today
The daily trip limit for the commercial harvest of vermilion snapper in the South Atlantic was reduced 500 pounds with a rule change that went into effect recently. NOAA Fisheries determined that the 75 percent of the July-December 2014 quota has been landed. Regulatory Amendment 18 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region reduced the vermilion snapper commercial trip limit from 1,500 pounds gutted weight to 1,000 pounds.
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Special cameras 'Google-mapping' South Florida's coral reefs
Sun Sentinel
South Florida's coral reefs are about to get Google-mapped, sort of. Government scientists this month used new high-tech cameras to shoot a 360-degree view of the ocean in the Florida Keys. The goal: to map and then track coral reefs to see if restoration efforts are working.
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The ocean is dying, and we need to do something about it
By Lauren Swan
The last time anything regarding the ocean made top news was the BP oil spill in 2010. Since then, a few reports have come out here and there regarding the lawsuits against BP and the spill's repercussions on the ocean, but that was it. As Americans, we tend to think a lot about the beach — when we can go, how we like to tan, how we'd like to take our kids there — the list goes on. Then, once a year, The Discovery Channel hosts Shark Week, and people are reminded that the ocean still does exist outside the beach. But not everyone has forgotten about the ocean.
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Reefs will boost diving, fishing, ecotourism industries and more
Florida Weekly Correspondent
A vision of Gulf Coast waters teeming with diverse marine life that entices anglers, snorkelers, SCUBA divers and ecotourists is taking shape in Collier County, Florida. Dubbed the Artificial Reef Project at the Community Foundation of Collier County, the $3 million effort is one that when completed could provide a major economic boost to the area.
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Florida Marine Tanks awarded 2 US patents
Boating Industry
After recently celebrating its 40th anniversary, Florida Marine Tanks achieved another milestone. The company was awarded two U.S. patents, the first for its fuel tank with internal evaporative emission system, U.S. patent 8,807,162, and another for its fuel tank with internal fuel shutoff system, U.S. patent 8,807,160. Both help Florida Marine Tanks’ products comply with EPA regulations on diurnal emissions.
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