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Long Bar Pointe development off the table on Manatee County waterfront, for now listen

12/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Manatee County, environment, Janelle Irwin, fisheries, Development, Long Bar Pointe, WMNF News, Bradenton

A controversial development proposal on waterfront property in Manatee County is on hold for now. Nearly 500 acres of waterfront won’t be considered for a land use change at a meeting next month that would have given investors the green light on building a resort, retail center and convention center.

“All the grass flats – that’s where the Trout, the Red Fish, the Snook – they all get their nourishment in that area. If we ever get Scallops back, that’s where they’re going to be. It’s jus...

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Some researchers point to climate change in algae blooms and other water woes listen

10/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: water, algae, nutrient pollution, climate change, global warming, fisheries, the Gulf of Mexico

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Scientists are studying the effects of harmful algae blooms on water supplies and ecosystems. During a five-day symposium in Sarasota looking at the science behind algae blooms and other harmful outbreaks, experts tied increasing water problems to climate change. Patricia Tester, a researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, studies bacteria that cause Ciguatera fish poisoning.

“The Food and Drug Administration picked up Ciguatera fish poisoning cases in differen...

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Guy Harvey T-shirt clad researchers descend on St. Pete Beach listen

09/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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It’s been more than two years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but environmentalists are still working hard to ensure fisheries in the sensitive ecosystem are healthy. Scientists at a symposium at the Tradewinds Resort on St. Pete Beach are mulling over ways to manage both shortages and abundances of sea life.

One of the sponsors is famed t-shirt artist and environmentalist Guy Harvey. He runs a foundation that focuses on improving the overall health of ocea...

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Turtle advocacy group criticizes eco-friendly fishing accreditation listen

05/16/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A Florida fishery is set to receive certification that it is eco-friendly despite claims that it causes harm to the state’s turtle and big game fish populations.

Commercial swordfish fishermen want their work to be certified sustainable. To that end, the assessment stage in receiving an eco-friendly label is nearing completion for Day Boat Seafood. But, Marine biologist and campaigner for the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, Christopher Pincetich says that the fishery’s methods are fa...

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Charter, private fishing boats may be regulated separately listen

11/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida is dubbed the fishing capital of the world, but overfishing has threatened this key industry for years. Charter fishing boat operators, environmental groups, and other stakeholders are meeting in Tampa this week to discuss a policy that may change the way fishing is regulated.

The concept is called "sector separation." It would result in a separate set of rules for those who, say, fish off bridges or their own boats, and those who make a living taking people out on charter boats. E...

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BP Oil blowout has Florida’s Nature Coast nervous listen

05/07/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hundreds of thousands of gallons of black gold gush unabated daily since BP’s Horizon Discovery Oil rig blew up near New Orleans.

WMNF reports from Cedar Key on Florida's Nature Coast.

Cedar Key Mayor Sue Colson is mad as heck over the lack of communication she has seen from BP Oil and Federal officials.

Mayor Colson’s city has endured many disasters in its time: the No-Name storm of '93, the banning of net fishing in '95 and the disappearance of the Shrimp fleet. But nothin...

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