Life, Death, and Conservation of an Ocean Ecosystem

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NOAA recommends protection for Nassau...

Looe Key Reef (Mooring 11, 16 Aug 2014) 0182
LOOE KEY REEF, Fla. — A Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) hides in the shadows of the coral overhang to the right of the giant barrel sponge (Xestospongia muta). Other species present include brown clustered tube sponge (Agelas wiedenmayeri), slimy and other sea plumes (Antillogorgia americana, Antillogorgia spp.), black sea rods (P [...]

More corals to get Endangered Species...

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MECHANICSVILLE, Va.—Last Wednesday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that 20 species of corals will protection under the Endangered Species Act. Five of the species occur in Caribbean waters, the other 15 occur in the Pacific and Indian oceans. LOOE KEY REEF, Fla. — A school of Yellowtail snapper (Ocyurus chr [...]

Feds consider lessened protections fo...

Florida manatee
MECHANICSVILLE, Va.—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a proposal to change the status of the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) from “endangered” to “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. A Florida manatee at Three Sisters Springs in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge (Keith Ramos/ [...]