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Will we find corals’ white knights in spiny armor?

St. Petersburg, FL (July 30, 2021) – Corals create the castles that form the foundation of thriving marine ecosystems, but they are also their castles’ inhabitants, susceptible to siege by hordes of predators. But possibly marching to their rescue is the spotted spiny lobster (Panulirus guttatus), one of the white knights of the coral kingdom. […]

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Making a mussel with help from an unlikely source

St. Petersburg, FL (April 16, 2021) – Sometimes we need a little help to get going, and Lake Trafford is no exception. Luckily, nature has provided it assistance from some unlikely sources: native mussels and bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus). Mussels might not be much to look at, but they are an essential component to ecosystem health […]

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In Need of Rescue: Florida Coral Rescue Center Established to Help Save Florida Reefs

  Orlando, FL (April 14, 2021) – A diverse group of coral reef management and conservation leaders has banded together to respond to an environmental crisis and save Florida’s coral reefs. The Orlando-based Florida Coral Rescue Center (FCRC) is a state-of-the-art facility established for gene banking and care of Florida corals rescued from reefs not yet […]

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Foundation Awards Exemplary FWC Employees

Tallahassee, FL (April 7, 2021) – Two Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) employees received awards for their exemplary work from the nonprofit Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida at FWC’s Commission meeting in Tallahassee on February 25, 2021. FWC Chief Information Officer Glenda Atkinson was awarded the 2020 Rodney Barreto FWC Employee of […]

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Helping panthers through trail therapy

St. Petersburg, FL (January 29, 2021) – Steve Fugate is practicing trail therapy. After losing his son to suicide and daughter to an accidental overdose, the Vero Beach, Florida native started walking to escape his pain. But walking in nature did more than provide an escape, it taught him lessons about grief, healing and mental […]

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