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Sea turtle release sets Mike free

Mike the sea turtle is on her way to the wild blue after her Monday release from Bayfront Park in Anna Maria. The female loggerhead...
snowy plover

Snowy plovers start bird nesting season

HOLMES BEACH - It's officially bird nesting season - the first snowy plovers, a threatened species in Florida, have made a nest on Anna...
AMI reef

Artificial reef to be built off Anna Maria Island

Manatee County commissioners will spend $60,000 to construct an artificial reef, Borden Reef, about 7 nautical miles southwest of Longboat Pass in the Gulf...
Loggerhead hatchling

Balloon release harmful to marine wildlife

Balloon release concerns Turtle Watch BRADENTON BEACH – Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring was notified through an anonymous tip that on Friday,...
Manatee

Manatee deaths up in Manatee County, state

About 9 percent of the state's 6,250 manatees counted in the 2016 survey died last year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...
Florida Everglades

“Now or Neverglades” campaign to save Everglades

The Everglades earned the nickname “river of grass” because of the shallow water that courses through the sawgrass marshes and hammocks from the Kissimmee...
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Eat more octopus

There is hope on the horizon for stone crabbers who are fed up with octopus eating the stone crabs right out of their traps. When...
Hammerhead shark

Legendary hammerhead immortalized

“My big fish must be somewhere.” - Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea CORTEZ – “Go big,” Eric Grimes likes to say. So why not commission a...
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Coast Lines: Holy maternity season, bat mom!

It’s shorebird nesting season on Anna Maria Island’s beaches, as everyone who doesn’t have their beak buried in the sand probably knows. But bet you...
John Yates

U.S. Supreme Court considers fish case

WASHINGTON – Some U.S. Supreme Court justices question whether a law designed to prevent documentary evidence destruction passed in the wake of the Enron...
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Coast Lines: Respect the manatee’s river

There is a good reason for the Manatee River’s name - manatees live there. So do sea turtles – one laid a nest at DeSoto...
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Coast Lines: Octopi and golf balls – a perfect match

It doesn’t surprise John Labash to pull yet another stone crab trap out of the Gulf of Mexico and find an octopus has gobbled...