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Reel Time: Preparing for fall fishing

Fall is here even though it may not feel like it. We still have the windows and doors closed and the AC on, but...
Winter the Dolphin

Coast Lines: AMI and Ocean Allies

The Anna Maria Island business community, tourism promoters, environmental groups and local governments could take a tip from the new Ocean Allies project in...
Turtle rainbow

Nesting News

Turtle nests laid: 534 (all-time AMI record) False crawls: 543 Nests hatched: 447 Not hatched: 87 Nests remaining: 0 Hatchlings hatched: 35,788 (all-time AMI record) Nest disorientations: 50 Related coverage Turtle season...
Hands Across the Sand oil protest

Oil drilling off, then back on ballot

Even though it addresses two entirely unrelated subjects – prohibiting oil drilling and indoor vaping - Florida Constitutional Amendment 9 will be included on...

Reel Time: Yaz Crossing

The Gulf and flats that surround Anna Maria Island were just a day’s drive to the south, but they felt a world away as...

Reel Time: Reflections

While fishing might seem challenging to the average angler, there are definitely some bright spots in what has been a perplexing season. Seasoned guides...
Red Tide Banyas Request

Red tide fishing request denied

CORTEZ – Commercial fisherman and Cortez businessman John Banyas came up short in his attempt to get the state-issued special activity license that he...
catch and release moore

Local captains support catch-and-release order

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Local charter fishing captains support the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) executive order that temporarily imposes catch-and-release restrictions...

New red tide treatment for manatees in works

Florida International University and Mote Marine Laboratory are developing new and more efficient ways to treat manatees exposed to the toxic red tide. Through a...
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County funding shellfish to fight red tide

BRADENTON – As red tide hit high levels last week in Anna Maria Island waters, Manatee County announced it is expanding a program that...

Green turtle swimming free after hospital stay

ANNA MARIA - Shoshi, a juvenile green sea turtle, is swimming free in Tampa Bay after a successful rehabilitation and release Thursday morning, May...
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Manatee numbers down from 2017

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) counted 6,131 manatees in Florida waters in surveys this winter, down 489 from the record 6,620...
Sister Keys Clean Up

Cleaning up the Sister Keys

Sarasota Bay Watch (SBW) conducted its annual Sister Keys Clean Up on Saturday, April 28. The event was hosted by the Chiles Group and...

Reel Time: Get the most out of spring fishing

Spring is definitely in the air. It’s one of my favorite times of the year and one of the most productive for all anglers,...
Tom Skoloda

Rollin’ down the river

Former Anna Maria Commissioner Tom Skoloda got a very unusual gift from his wife, Alice Newlon, for his 75th birthday. It wasn’t anything to...