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How Many Red Snapper Are in the Gulf of Mexico?

sampling methods with a focus on advanced technologies and tagging for various habitat types.”   Scientists on the team include: Greg Stunz, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Will Patterson, University of Florida Sean P. Powers, University of South Alabama, Dauphin Island Sea Lab James Cowan, Louisiana State University Jay R. Rooker, Texas A&M University at Galveston Robert Ahrens, University of Florida, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Kevin Boswell, Florida International University

Genetic Yacht Lab Maps Sea Life Looking for Cures

A team of scientists has begun collecting the genomes of sea creatures off the Florida coast in the hopes that unmapped species, some of which have the capacity to reverse disease and injury in themselves, may hold the key to new treatments for humans. Of about 250,000 marine species identified so far, scientists have sequenced the genetic material of only about three dozen, according to University of Florida neuroscientist Leonid Moroz. To speed up the process of making potential new discoveries, a team led by Moroz used a yacht loaded with a fully equipped genomic laboratory to do the sequencing

No Red Tide Expected on Florida’s West Coast

Scientists who have developed red tide prediction models based on previous research, have published two new studies detailing their optimistic outlook    Research conducted by a team from the University of South Florida College of Marine Science and the Florida Fist and Wildlife Conversation Commission suggests conditions are such that no major red tide outbreaks should be expected along Florida’s west coast this year. Their conclusions are based on elevated nutrient levels in the Gulf of Mexico that favor the emergence of organisms other than those related to red tide.   

Sea Level Rise Projected to Displace 13 million in U.S. by 2100

The number of people who could be displaced in U.S. coastal regions due to rising sea levels this century as a result of climate change is much higher than previously thought, with more than 13 million Americans at risk with a 6-foot (1.8 meters) rise including 6 million in Florida, scientists said on Monday.   The researchers assessed sea level change scenarios by 2100 from the U.S. Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for coastal states along with population growth trends and projections in high-risk areas.   With a sea level rise of 3 feet, locations forecast to house 4.2 million

Photo: 1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels, LLC

Treasure Hunters Find $4.5 mln in Rare Spanish Coins

Florida treasure hunters found a trove of $4.5 million worth of Spanish gold coins 300 years to the day after a fleet of ships sunk in a hurricane while en route from Havana to Spain, the salvage owner said Wednesday.   The 350 coins found on July 30 include nine rare pieces, known as royal eight escudos, which were being transported to the King of Spain, according to Brent Brisben. His company, 1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels, owns the rights to the wreckage.   Only 20 such coins were known to exist prior to the recovery of the nine royals, Brisben said.   "The gold looks like it

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Tropical Storm Erika Heads for Florida

Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with heavy rain and fierce winds on Friday, moving across the Caribbean and apparently heading for the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti and eventually South Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.   Due to some likely weakening over the Dominican Republic, Erika was no longer forecast to make U.S. landfall as a hurricane. It could still smack the Miami area with sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (97 kph) on Monday, however, before sweeping northward up the Florida peninsula, affecting Orlando's popular theme parks.

Family Finds Sunken Treasure Off Florida Coast

A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday. Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts in the wreckage of a convoy of 11 ships that sank in 1715 during a hurricane off central Florida's east coast. After the discovery last month, a team of Spanish historians realized the piece fit together with another artifact recovered 25 years ago.

Submersible 'Antipodes': Image credit OceanGate

Manned Submersible to Hunt Invasive Florida Lionfish

awareness and gauge impact of Lionfish on ocean habitat and economy. The global provider of deep-sea manned submersible solutions, OceanGate, is helping to raise awareness of the widespread invasion of lionfish, a non-native predator known for its venomous spines and increased numbers in the waters of Florida, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. From June 27 to 29, 2013, the five-person manned submersible Antipodes will take scientists on a series of dives off the Florida coast to study the growing lionfish population. The goal of the three days of diving and panel discussions is to foster long-term

Karl von Ellenrieder (Photo: FAU)

FAU to Develop Use of USVs for Bridge Inspections

The task of inspecting and maintaining Florida’s network of approximately 11,450 bridges is arduous, especially since so many of the state’s bridges span rivers, canals and saltwater areas. Researchers in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University have received a one year, $187,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to research and develop the use of unmanned marine vehicles for on-water bridge inspections. Unlike manned vessels, which are continuously teleoperated by a human user, unmanned surface vehicles or USVs are capable of

Lewit Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

Scott Lewit, President and co-founder of Structural Composites, Inc received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Technology at the Florida Technovation/TechExpo in October.   In recognition of this award Lewit was given a Congressional Medal of Merit from Congressman Bill Posey for the achievement. The Lifetime Achievement in Technology is presented to an individual whose impact, influence and work within the technology community has resulted in success of the organization(s) in which the individual has been associated, and who has also benefited the regional technology community as a whole.

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TerraSond Characterizing Offshore Sinkholes and Gas Seeps

TerraSond announced it has been awarded a contract to map offshore sinkholes and identify potential gas seeps.   The data collected in conjunction with near surface seismic provides information for the impact assessment of sinkholes on the water supply of South Florida.   Using a unique underwater mass spectrometer for in-situ chemical analysis eliminates the traditional issues of handling, transportation, storage and analysis of samples typically performed in a laboratory.   Given the depths and currents at this location, an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) will support the

Construction of FIO’s new research vessel is expected to be completed in summer 2017 (Image: Boksa Marine Design)

FIO’s New Research Vessel Enters Build Phase

 The 78’ research vessel designed and engineered by Boksa Marine Design (BMD) in 2015 is headed to the building phase beginning in June.   BMD contracted with the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) in February 2015 for the design of a new vessel to replace its current research vessel, the 71’ R/V Bellows.   Originally built in 1968, FIO has operated the research boat since 1979 as a floating laboratory for scientists and students studying in the waterways of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas.   FIO is a Florida Academic Infrastructure Support

Lou Dennis, General Manager of MacArtney Inc. Southeast Operations (Photo: MacArtney)

MacArtney Opens Fifth North American Location

MacArtney sets another expansion milestone as fifth North American location opens in Florida   The MacArtney Underwater Technology Group has innaugurated its fifth dedicated business unit in North America. Located in Jupiter, Florida, just north of West Palm Beach, the new MacArtney Southeast Operations will cover a six-state area including Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Headed by General Manager, Lou Dennis, the new operations will supply cutting edge underwater technology products and solutions to clients and operators within the region.   Accord

Anchor found at Juno: Photo Seafarer

Canaveral Shipwreck Search Permit Granted to Seafarer's Quest

Research and recovery of historic shipwrecks experts Seafarer Exploration Corporation says that Seafarer's Quest, LLC has successfully been granted a three year research permit for the shipwreck site south of Cape Canaveral from the Florida Bureau of Archaeology Research. "We are so excited about this site!" exclaimed Kyle Kennedy, CEO of Seafarer. "The complexities of this particular permit dictated a much longer time horizon, but hopefully good things come to those who wait. The long awaited issuance of this permit allows Seafarer to begin the investigation, research and archaeologic

Nesting beach habitat for loggerhead sea turtles will be restored with the Collier County project. (Photo: BOEM)

Sand from OCS to Renourish Naples Shoreline

BOEM, Florida Gulf Coast County sign agreement for shore protection and restoration project   An agreement signed between the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Collier County, Fla. will see the use of up to 500,000 cubic yards of sand from the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to renourish four segments of shoreline near Naples, Florida. The sand will assist Collier County Parks and Recreation Department in reducing coastal storm flooding and erosion and provide recreational and environmental habitat benefits along the county’s shoreline.   The project, totaling 7.

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Boksa Wins Research Vessel Design Contract

Boksa Marine Design informs it has signed a contract with a Florida-based oceanography institute for the design and engineering of a new 78-foot coastal class research vessel.   The new boat will replace an existing vessel which has been used as a floating laboratory for scientists and students studying in the waterways of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas for more than 35 years.   “The vessel has a rich history of scientific education and discovery here in Florida, and we hope the new boat will continue the institute’s ongoing mission,” said Nick Boksa

GofM Turtle Release: Photo courtesy of USCG

Coast Guard Turn Turtle to Save Endangered Species

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale and Melanie Stadler, a marine scientist with Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, are to release 300 sea turtle hatchlings into the Florida Guflstream. In related news, Coast Guard members from Sector Corpus Christi have also helped return 7 endangered sea turtles to the Gulf of Mexico. In support of the service's commitment to protecting endangered species, Coast Guard crewmembers from Station Fort Lauderdale assist marine scientist Melanie Stadler in releasing 300 sea turtle hatchlings, by hand, off the coast of Boca

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