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Warm waters causing widespread bleaching in Florida corals listen

09/10/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: coral, corals, bleaching, coral bleaching, Florida Keys, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, climate change, global warming, hurricanes

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This summer could end up being one of the worst on record for Florida’s corals; a scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota says water temperature in the Florida Keys has been so high that conditions over the next month could tip the balance of whether corals experience just a bad bleaching season or a devastating one.

WMNF interviewed Mote’s Erinn Muller this morning.

"Normally when you’re diving in a coral reef like in the Florida K...

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Two Florida corals have federal blueprint for recovery listen

09/05/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Endangered Species Act, coral, Center for Biological Diversity, corals, coral reefs, climate change, ocean acidification

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Two important reef-building corals will soon get a recovery plan from the federal government; Thursday the National Marine Fisheries Service released a draft blueprint for saving the elkhorn and staghorn corals, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

To find out what this means for reefs in Florida, WMNF spoke with Jaclyn Lopez, the Florida-based attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity.

“Yesterday, the National Marine Fisheries Service issued its dra...

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Endangered Species Act will protect 20 coral species listen

08/28/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: coral, Endangered Species Act, oceans, Center for Biological Diversity, climate change, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, Seán Kinane, WMNF News, corals

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Twenty coral species found in American waters now have Endangered Species Act protections.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday that the corals would be listed as threatened.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Shaye Wolf, the climate science director for the Center for Biological Diversity.

“This decision is a really big step forward for coral conservation and for preventing the further decline of our nation’s coral reefs. And so what happened is...

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Researchers witness spawning of male and female pillar coral for the first time in Florida listen

08/21/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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On a recent dive near Key Largo, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation researchers witnessed a rare species of coral in the process of reproduction. This discovery marked the first documented sighting of male and female pillar coral spawning in the state of Florida.

Pillar coral are listed as threatened within the state of Florida. Kate Lunz, Associate Research Scientist for the Corals Program at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute says this finding confirms the presence of m...

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