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2010-11-22 11:34:28

This October more than 60 guides and anglers in the Florida Keys poled across the flats from Biscayne Bay to the Marquesas, assisting in the annual bonefish census. This year's count, held in extremely difficult weather with lowered visibility, was down by 25-percent from an 8-year mean estimate of 316,805 bonefish to a new low of about 240,000 bonefish, according to Professor Jerry Ault, a fisheries scientist with the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric...

2008-12-04 12:58:46

Modest changes in bonefish numbers attributed to increase in 'counters,' stock fairly stable If you're looking for bonefish from Miami down to the Marquesas Islands, you have about 321,000 to choose from, and that is down slightly from the average of previous censuses"”mostly due to increased participation among those who are counting, researchers speculate. The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science held the sixth annual Florida Keys bonefish...

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2008-06-16 06:05:00

DRY TORTUGAS -- Before six hurricanes hit mainland Florida in 2004 and 2005, they first wreaked havoc on the Florida Keys' far western islands known as the Dry Tortugas. Fort Jefferson, the lone man-made structure at the remote outpost, survived with minimal damage. But under the sea, large sections of the precious coral reef were not so lucky. "The gorgonians, that literally look like a forest, were just blasted to nothing," said Jerry Ault, professor of marine biology and fisheries at...

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2006-07-05 07:50:00

By Laura Myers DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK, Florida -- In the azure waters of Florida's remote Dry Tortugas National Park, corals have been toppled by hurricanes and blighted by disease and a phenomenon known as bleaching. Eight hurricanes in two years and a plague of disease that swept the Caribbean recently have damaged the colorful, thick carpets of open-water coral reefs in the 100-square-mile (260-sq-km) park off Florida's southwest coast. With another hurricane season under way and...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.