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Record 769 Manatee Deaths So Far This Year Represent 15% of Endangered Population

| October 31, 2013

With two months to go in the year, 769 manatee deaths have bee recorded in Florida waters, breaking the previous record of 766 set in 2010. Deaths are blamed mostly on a red tide bloom that started in southwest Florida in September 2012 and that only recently dissipated. Four manatees have died in Flagler so far this year.

Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Lionfish Summit Will Explore Threats to Florida’s Ecology

| October 21, 2013

As the linfish populations’ expansion threatens marine ecosystems in Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Lionfish Summit Oct. 22-24 at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront hotel in Cocoa Beach, to determine research and management gaps and to bring together leaders in the lionfish issue.

Three Occupants Pulled from 41-Foot Hatteras Yacht Sinking in Intracoastal in Flagler Beach

| August 18, 2013

A 41-foot Hatteras yacht carrying three people began sinking in the Intracoastal Waterway after 10 a.m. Saturday. The boat was listing severely, but was still afloat around noon, with several people in and out of it, trying to salvage it. No one was injured.

U.S. Corps’ Cost to Rebuild 2.5 Miles of Beach: $39 Million and Up, Storms Not Included

| April 2, 2013

The Corps of Engineers is favoring “renourishing” a 2.5-mile segment of beach from South 7th Street to South 28th Street in Flagler Beach five times through 2060 by rebuilding dunes and dumping 320,000 cubic feet of sand five times over, for $39 million. Adding another segment could add $30 million.

Between Flagler Beach and the County, a Clash of Visions Over Protecting an Eroding Shore

| March 26, 2013

Flagler Beach and Flagler County may be heading toward a showdown over the fate of the eroding beach they have in common. Between now and then, the Flagler Beach City Commission itself may fracture on either side of an unresolved conflict between those opposed to protecting the beach by way of dredging up and dumping sand on it, and those willing to give that approach a shot despite its costs and uncertainties.

A Rare, 26-Foot Right Whale Is Discovered Dead Just South of Varn Park

| December 19, 2012

A 26-foot right whale that had been dead more than a day was discovered south of Varn Park Wednesday morning. Federal and state authorities will conduct a necropsy before attempting to bury the whale in place.

Free Morgan: A Killer Whale’s Punishing Captivity Gets Its Day in Court

| October 28, 2012

In June 2010, Morgan, an orca, or killer whale, was captured from the North Atlantic and rehabilitated, but instead of being returned to the wild, was sent to an amusement park. A judge may decide its fate on Nov. 1.

Snap, Crackle and Reef:
Oyster Restoration in Northeast Florida

| October 20, 2012

Oysters play an critical role in filtering pollution and maintaining the coastal marine system, but their disappearance along the barrier island north of St. Augustine has created a kind of domino effect of environmental destruction. One local project involving restaurants seeks to restore oyster reefs.

The Jellyfish: Nearly All Water and Sting, But Neither Jelly Nor Fish

| October 6, 2012

Jellyfish’s 200 species, among the oldest animals on the planet, are among the least understood, their occasional blooms–even in Flagler–drawing particular interests from scientists.

Deeper Knowledge from an Ocean of Films

| September 29, 2012

Ocean film festivals are venues for knowledge, understanding, networking and, of course, the viewing of beautiful and important films, and they’re vital for those who want to be involved in ocean conservation, writes Frank Gromling.

Shark Finning, Carnage of Luxury

| September 22, 2012

Shark fin soup is considered an aphrodisiac and sign of wealth. Asia’s exploding middle class is resulting in a carnage of some 70 million sharks a year, killed just for their fins.

Ocean Publishing’s Gromling Speaking at BLUE Ocean Film Festival

| September 19, 2012

Frank Gromling, owner and publisher of Ocean Publishing in Flagler Beach, will present a talk at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit in Monterrey, Calif., on Sep. 25, entitled “Films to Books, How to Do It Without the Pain.”

Prodigal Turtle: Kemp’s Ridley, Smallest of the Seas, Digs First-Ever Nest in Flagler Sands

| September 1, 2012

Once endangered, Kemp’s ridley turtles, usually nesting in the Gulf of Mexico, have flourished, and one made a landing in Flagler Beach, digging only the sixth documented nest in Florida, and the very first in Flagler County.

Undiscovered Country: A Census of the Seas

| August 4, 2012

Over a ten-year period, a group of international scientists studied the oceans and their inhabitants in an effort to, in part, answer the question Frank Gromling poses: how many animal and plant species live in the sea?

When Oceans Heal:
In Praise of the Jimmy Miller Foundation

| July 7, 2012

The Jimmy Miller Foundation is a non-profit organization helping people challenged by physical and mental illness, including through the Wounder Warrior Project.

Oceans on Acid: How a Greenhouse Gas May Be Taxing the Seas

| June 23, 2012

The surge in worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide–a greenhouse gas–may be overtaxing oceans, which can absorb only so much of it before altering their acidification, and affecting marine life.

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