A surprise discovery along the south Florida coast has revealed dense thickets of a species of coral thought to be disappearing from the region's reefs.
More than 38 acres of staghorn coral have been found in patches on the reefs from northern Miami-Dade County to northern Broward County, in what scientists call a rare piece of good news for a species that has seen severe declines, largely because of disease.
Guy Harvey's favorite sharks? WPBT film ranks his Top 10
By Johnny Diaz, Sun Sentinel
Over the years, Davie-based marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey has swum with sharks and painted them.
Now he's sharing his Top 10 list of favorites in "Sharks of the World: A Guy Harvey Expedition," debuting 8 p.m. Oct. 29 on WPBT-Ch. 2.
As he narrates the 45-minute documentary, Harvey highlights popular shark hangouts including Fort Lauderdale's Intracoastal Waterway, Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach, and the waters off Mexico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica and Fiji.
"I care greatly about sharks and, through the film, hope to help people better understand the value of a living shark to our oceans," Harvey said by email. "Their strength and courage underwater make them the most captivating animals in the sea."
Now that fall is here, dolphin are on the move back south and South Florida anglers have enjoyed some of the best fishing of the year for the highly coveted species.
Capt. Bouncer Smith had a trip Monday out of Miami Beach Marina that rivaled any of his dolphin trips in May, which is typically the best time of the year to catch lots of dolphin.
Rob McCully and David Spain of Miami and Jonathan Lapin of New York caught their limit of 30 dolphin up to 20 pounds fishing along a rip with grass 12 miles offshore on Bouncer's Dusky 33.
"We caught dolphin up to 15 pounds one right after the other trolling feathers and ballyhoo," Smith said. "A fish would hit a ballyhoo, then a fish would hit a feather, then a fish would hit a ballyhoo and the next fish would hit a feather."
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Protecting sharks off Florida’s eastern coast
Under a darkening Florida sky, with lightning flashing in the distance, we rode our 46ft dive boat away from Ft Lauderdale’s strip of beach hotels, on a mission to find the animals that most humans fear.
Leading our expedition was Derek Burkholder, an imposing, barefoot encyclopaedia of shark biology and a research associate at the Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Research Institute. Under his direction – and through a new periodic weekend offering at the Westin Beach Resort and Spa – we were participating in a new study that aims to protect the sharks off Florida’s eastern coast; catching the animals, fixing them with identification tags, taking tissue samples and returning them unharmed – though possibly irritated – to the ocean.
New York Times - A Call to Action Against a Predator Fish With an Import Ban, App and Even Rodeos
MIAMI — They eat anything that fits in their mouths. They reproduce copiously and adapt effortlessly. And they have become as ubiquitous and pesky as rats — only prettier and more conniving.
Nearly three decades after a lone venomous lionfish was spotted in the ocean off Broward County — posing as a bit of eye candy back then and nothing more — the species has invaded the Southern seaboard, staking a particular claim on Florida, as well as the Gulf Coast, the Caribbean, and even parts of South America. Spreading gradually at first, and then frenetically from 2005 onward, lionfish have become the most numerous marine nonnative invasive species in the world, scientists said. Along the way, the predators, which hail from the other side of the world and can grow here to 20 inches long, are wreaking havoc on delicate reefs and probably further depleting precious snapper and grouper stocks.
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Fused Staghorn Coral
Marine biologist Colin Foord calls the fused staghorn coral seen above “a real survivor.”
Foord first came upon a colony of the Acropora prolifera—a hybrid of staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) and elkhorn (Acropora palmata) corals—while diving around Miami’s Fisher Island in 2009. The discovery surprised him—he had seen staghorns and elkhorns before, and this coral looked somewhat similar, but it was a fluorescent green instead of brown. He soon realized that this creature was in fact a fused staghorn coral—a rare find outside of the Caribbean.
Mako Shark Comes Calling on HalifaCaught and tagged off Ocean City, Maryland, and named for an Ohio elementary school, a fast tracking, young mako shark, dubbed “St. Marys”, is visiting the waters off Halifax today.
The five-and-a-half-foot juvenile male shark is among 35 mako sharks satellite tagged and being tracked by scientists from the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) at Nova Southeastern University. The institute began tagging mako sharks in 2009 to study their migratory patterns and now undertakes expeditions worldwide to study them.
Sir Richard Branson Blogs about Large Pelagics Research Center (UMass) and NSU-GHRI collaborative sailfish tracking program: From a close shave to a Necker visit: a sailfish's journey.
After a sailfish nearly took my eye out, I have a whole new appreciation for this magnificent species. Now, in a ground-breaking tracking research programme, we are learning lots more about sailfish. Very little is known about the habits of most species in the ocean, and the more we can learn and understand, the more we can do to help protect these beautiful creatures.
During the week, they draft briefs, argue motions and negotiate corporate deals.
But in their off-hours, these South Florida lawyers, judges and other legal professionals strap on flippers and dive into the ocean, just seeing the sights or doing volunteer work to improve the marine environment.
The 130 or so members of the group DiveBar have tagged sharks for the University of Miami and sponsored conservation research at Nova Southeastern University. Now in their most ambitious effort yet, they are working with NSU to build a living coral reef on what was once a barren stretch of rocky ocean floor off northern Fort Lauderdale.
With a doctorate in marine zoology and a gift for drawing and painting fish, birds and mammals, Guy Harvey is combining his love of science and art these days to help sharks.
The popular wildlife artist, whose work appears on everything from murals and posters to clothing and coffee cups, is busy through the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation spreading the word about the importance of protecting sharks throughout the world.
In 2012 the Cook Islands announced the largest Marine Park on Earth. In stunning 4K imagery this film tells the story of how Kevin Iro, founder of the park, and his team use a high tech GIS system to designate multi-use areas inside the pristine park.
Can a bounty on their heads bring this invasive species to heel? What if we could get them off the reefs and onto a dinner plate?
The lionfish, a colorful Asian aquarium star that has invaded Florida waters, may soon have a price on its head. The Legislature allocated $427,000 in its recently concluded session to start a bounty program for the exotic fish.
Researchers Urge Caution When Exploiting The World’s Deep Oceans
Good Stewardship Is Vital for Sustainability for Future Generations – More Exploration and Understanding is Needed
FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – It has been said that we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about our own planet’s oceans. That especially applies to the deepest parts of our oceans – depths that are 200 meters or deeper.
Researchers from organizations around the world who specialize in studying and exploring the deepest regions of our oceans have come together to pen a cautionary tale that urges we take a critical look at how we’re treating our seas.
“We need to consider the common heritage of mankind - when do we have the right to take something that will basically never be replaced or take millions of years,” said Tracey Sutton, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center.
A Tale of Two Sharks Mystery, Intrigue and History in the Making
Two sharks. Two species. And two different journeys that have kept marine scientists closely monitoring the migrations of these satellite tagged sharks for months—one for its place in history and the second for the way it continues to make history.
“Beamer”, a 200-pound blue shark, was caught by Blue Fin IV captained by Michael Potts last year off Montauk, New York during the nation’s first catch-satellite tag-and- all-release shark tournament named Shark’s Eye. Beamer made history that day last July when he was fitted with a SPOT (Smart Position Or Temperature) Tag and released. In fact, there were 64 sharks caught and released during Shark’s Eye, 33 makos and 31 blues. None were killed. (Shark’s Eye All-Release Tournament & Festival is returning to Montauk July 11-13.)
The D & D, owned and skippered by Danny Massa won top team honors in Saturday’s one-day Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament with six sailfish releases. The four-man team aboard Ray Crawford’s Master Plan was runner-up in the billfish division with Roland Crawford’s release of a blue marlin estimated at 100 pounds.
A New Day topped the funfish division with 82 pounds of dolphin, including a 29.2-pounder caught by John Auerbach.
Experts’ aim: Educate communities on coast about imperiled predators
She prefers t osummer in the glistening waters off Cape Cod. But come December, Katharine the great white shark travels more than a thousand miles to another tourist destination: Daytona Beach.
The 14-foot, 2-ton female is one of dozens of large marine predators scientists are now tracking—using satellite tags affixed to their dorsal fins—to peer into secret lives of sharks and their dramatic journeys north and south along the East Coast.
David Black was 7 the first time he saw someone pull on a wet suit and jump into the Atlantic Ocean. Right then, scuba diving became his dream. Whenever someone asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up, Black said he planned to move to the Caribbean and become a diving instructor.
Oh, and he also wanted to be a lawyer.
Black followed through on both ambitions. After college, he moved to Grand Cayman and taught diving for a year before returning to the U.S. and enrolling at the Boston University School of Law.
Now a 32-year-old associate at Berger Singerman in Fort Lauderdale, Black still dives — as many as three times a month — and usually with fellow members of DiveBar, a 2-year-old south Florida-based group that calls itself the “first underwater Bar association for legal professionals.”
By David Fleshler, Sun Sentinel 7:37 p.m. EST, February 3, 2014
Come to South Florida and experience the sun, the surf, the venomous tentacles of the Portuguese man-of-war. It's the season for stinging blobs that resemble jellyfish to wash ashore, and purple warning flags were flying Monday at beaches in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.
The Portuguese man-of-war tends to be found off South Florida from late fall to early spring, said Charles Messing, professor at Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center. When winds blow strongly toward shore, as they have in the past few days, the beaches become littered with the translucent gas bladders that are their most prominent feature (until they sting you).
William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau 5:37 p.m. EST, November 6, 2013
WASHINGTON — South Florida's coral reefs, a natural wonder worth more than $6 billion to the local economy, appear to be rebounding after decades of damage, disease and deterioration.
The iconic reefs, which attract divers, boaters, marine scientists and fishermen from around the world, have been spared in recent years from major storms and ship groundings, allowing them to survive and even grow offshore.
A federal study released this month brought more good news: Coral reefs may be able to adapt to warmer sea temperatures. That's a sign they can withstand a limited degree of gradual global warming — but only if carbon emissions are restrained to prevent unhealthy extremes.
The findings raise hope for the survival of the recreational and economic resource, just as scientists and officials gather in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday and Friday for the fifth annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit. They will assess the costs and challenges of sea-level rise and global warming.
It’s a beautiful autumn afternoon on the beach in South Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Surfers enjoy the waves. Swimmers frolic in the warm water. On Anglin’s Fishing Pier, also known as Commercial Pier, fishing buffs go for snook, croaker, mackerel and cobia. About 200 yards offshore, a dive boat bobs in the swells, and Richard Dodge, dean of the Oceanographic Center of Nova Southeastern University in Hollywood, Fla., plunges into the sea to check on one of the university’s coral nurseries. “When I’m diving, I’m doing it for work, but it’s still fun. The reefs are beautiful,” Dodge says. “There are so many different kinds of animals and plants. It’s all very exciting, but for me the fascination is truly in working to better understand how these ecosystems function.”
"Postcard: Dry Tortugas" Time Magazine, September 6, 2010 p 6. (Article on NSU Scientists Jose Lopez and Charles Messing expedition on Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise to collect samples possibly affected by the oil spill.
Read all about Dr. Spieler and the BS in Marine Professional Studies here.
The Oceanographic Center recently received confiscated endangered corals worth up to $1 million from two federal agencies ---- U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ---- for research and educational outreach display. Story has received a wide array of local and national media coverage, including Channel 10 Miami and NBC 6 Miami as well as the Tampa Tribune.
OC associate professor Jose Lopez was interviewed by radio station WCCO, a CBS affiliate based in the Twin Cities, covering Minnesota and the Dakotas, about the effects of the BP oil spill one year later.
Red Sea Corals Mapped In Unprecented Detail Using a combination of satellite, aerial and ship-based techniques, a team headed by NCRI researcher Sam Purkis has mapped little-known coral reefs along Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coastline.
Coral Reefs' Survival Off Broward Coast Surprise Experts The ocean floor off northern Fort Lauderdale appears to hold little promise for coral growth, with cargo ships, condo towers, fishing and diving boats as constant threats. Yet over the past few years, scientists have noticed a sharp increase in staghorn coral, a delicately branched species that has declined so sharply that it was listed as a threatened species by the federal government.
Beached Whales Could Provide Insight Into Species As scientists try to figure out what caused a rare beaked whale and her calf to become beached in the sands of Hollywood on Monday, some believe the incident could shed much-needed insight into the mysterious marine mammal.
South Florida Coral Nurseries Get Federal Stimulus The ailing coral reefs of South Florida have received a rare piece of good news: The Obama administration has announced a series of economic stimulus grants that includes $3.3 million for offshore nurseries to help young corals grow.
NSU Spearheads Largest Coral Reef Symposium In The World The 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) took place at the Broward County Convention Center from July 7-11. Richard Dodge, Ph.D., NSU Oceanographic Center dean and executive director of the National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI) chaired the Local Organizing Committee.
NCRI Receives Federal Funding For Coral Reef Research The 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) took place at the Broward County Convention Center from July 7-11. Richard Dodge, Ph.D., NSU Oceanographic Center dean and executive director of the National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI) chaired the Local Organizing Committee.
Oceanographic Center's National Coral Reef Institute Publishes Book Bernhard Riegl, NSU Oceanographic Center (OC) professor and National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI) associate director, and Richard E. Dodge, Ph.D., NSU OC dean and NCRI executive director, have recently published Coral Reefs of the USA, which is the first volume in the new series, Coral Reefs of the World.
Fecal Bateria Survive Better In Sand Than Seawater Traditionally, the cleanliness of a beach is monitored by sampling the bathing water a few meters from shore. But since sand is an effective filter, it follows that fecal bacteria (those from sewage) may be concentrated in the sand as the tide flows and ebbs.
Distinguished Marine Scientist Holds Seminar Edie Widder, Ph.D., of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association, Inc., captivated a packed audience of faculty and students at the Oceanographic Center with an extraordinary presentation on her research into marine bioluminescence.
Congressman Visits NSU Oceanographic Center Congressman Ron Klein visited Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center on August 17 to learn more about the outstanding science education and research being conducted.
Oceanographic Center Student Tags Whale Sharks Oceanographic Center graduate student Matthew Potenski completed five months of field research in Tanzania, on the east coast of Africa. During his time there he observed and tagged whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) in the waters surrounding Mafia Island, Tanzania.
Oceanographic Center Report Helps Reduce Human Impacts to Coral Recruitment Oceanographic Center graduate student Maureen Trnka, and researcher, Alison Moulding, Ph.D., undertook a comprehensive review of the coral reproduction literature for the National Coral Reef Institute to identify predicted coral spawning and larval duration times in the Caribbean and to help identify gaps in scientific knowledge.
Monster Coral - The Oldest Living Animal In Florida Believed to be the oldest living animal of South Florida, the Monster Coral has been discovered in the waters of Port Everglades, in the county of Broward, by a group of investigators of the Oceanographic Center of Nova Southeastern University (NSU).
Do We Have Enough Sharks? There seems to be some question about whether a lack of sharks are is upsetting the balance of nature. (KMOX 1120 AM St. Louis)
Coast Guard May Change Rules To Protect Fort Lauderdale Reefs From Freighters Ocean-going vessels waiting to enter Port Everglades drop anchor in two areas nestled among three reefs that parallel the coastline. But this year, two large ships missed their mark and ran aground on the reefs, crunching delicate coral and sea fans. In response, the U.S. Coast Guard last week unveiled a draft emergency proposal: Limit the size of the vessels allowed among the reefs and restrict them to certain areas.
Bright Idea Of Tire Reef Now Simply A Blight Now the idea seems daft. But in the spring of 1972, the dumping of a million or so tires offshore here looked like ecological enlightenment. What happened instead is a vast underwater dump -- a spectacular disaster spawned from good intentions.
Sociable Killers New studies of the white shark (aka great white) show that its social life and hunting strategies are surprisingly complex.
Basking Sharks Face Low Genetic Diversity Worldwide Scientists studying mitochondrial DNA of basking sharks, found in various oceans worldwide, have found very little difference in their genetic makeup, according to a paper published in the current online edition of Biology Letters.
Coral Reefs Hurting, Study Finds Researchers are probing whether sewage and other pollution are damaging coral reefs that help protect coastal areas from storm surges.
New South Carolina Shark Species Found Researchers have recently identified a new species of hammerhead shark hailing from waters just off the coast of South Carolina, according to two independent studies.
Big and Fearsome, But Vulnerable Basking sharks may be among the largest fish in the world (they can be more than 30 feet long), but they are hardly monsters of the deep. Their slow movements make them an easy target. Because of that, they are listed as vulnerable by the World Conservation Union. But there is little data on basking shark populations. A recent study fills in the blanks a bit.
Feeding Effects Studied A two-year study found that supplemental feeding changes the activity patterns, feeding habits and reproduction of stingrays.
Restoration Projects Bring Fish Psst, beach divers and snorkelers...Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is not the only game in town anymore. You might want to direct your fins south to Hollywood's North Beach Park or Hallandale Beach's public swimming beach.
OC Faculty Member Receives Grant To Continue Research On Cetaceans Oceanographic Center faculty member Edward O. Keith, Ph.D. and his collaborator at the University of Miami, Lemnuel Aragones, Ph.D., were notified on May 24, 2006 that they were receiving a $10,000.00 grant from the Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to support our ongoing study of the Ecology and conservation of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in Ta?on Strait, Philippines.
Oceanographic Center Research Assistants Attend Meeting In Palau On May 4-13, Oceanographic Center research assistants Pat Quinn (Ph.D. candidate) and Kirk Kilfoyle (M.S. candidate) traveled to Koror, Palau, for the Coral Reef Restoration and Remediation Working Group (RRWG), an international multi-group project funded by the World Bank Global Environmental Facility.
Another Shark Species Is Found Scientists from Nova Southeastern University and the University of South Carolina have discovered a previously unknown species of hammerhead shark in the southeastern Atlantic.
Great Whites On The Menu For years, great white sharks have been trophy-hunted for their large jaws and teeth. Now, thanks to a DNA test, conservationists have proof that smaller members of the species are being killed for their fins, which are likely sold for food in Asia.
Swimming With Sharks On 11 December 2005, 60 Minutes broadcast "Swimming with Sharks", about the controversies surrounding shark cage diving in South Africa. The broadcast featured R. Aidan Martin, who teaches "Biology of Sharks and Rays" through the NSU Oceanographic Center's distance education programs.
Guy Harvey Research Institute Earns Recognition The Mercury Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo, a recreational fishing tradition in South Florida, is recognizing the world class fish conservation research of the Guy Harvey Research Institute at NSU's Oceanographic Center.
NCRI Research Assistants Dive The Aquarius Five NSU Oceanographic Center / National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI) research assistants and graduate students had the opportunity to dive and visit AQUARIUS, the world's only undersea laboratory located 20 meters beneath the surface.
Oceanographic Center Conservation Research Benefits From Guy Harvey Mural Renowned marine wildlife artist and conservationist, Guy Harvey, Ph.D., has painted a mural at Terminal 1 of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. A portion of the proceeds received for the mural will be donated to the Guy Harvey Research Institute at NSU's Oceanographic Center to support its internationally recognized research in marine conservation.
Shark Protection: Rapid Shark DNA Test Puts The Bite On Crime Here's a riddle: How do you properly manage populations of animals that play vital roles in ocean ecosystems but are heavily fished, if you cannot even determine how many of the animals are being caught? The answer is you can't. But one Florida researcher is diligently applying new and innovative marine biotechnology techniques to correcting the situation.
A Devastating Delicacy In order to meet an insatiable demand for shark fins, teeth, jaws, cartilage and other body parts, commercial exploitation is depleting shark populations worldwide faster than the sharks can reproduce.
Who's Your Daddy DNA analysis of paternity is revealing that many apparently faithful animals are more promiscuous than once thought. But for the bonnethead shark, scientists have found the reverse. The revelation could have important implications for the management of shark fisheries, they report in the July issue of Molecular Ecology.
Stingray City The Guy Harvey Research Institute has just completed one of the first comprehensive biological studies of the effects of interactive marine encounters with stingrays.
The Sherlock Project On Thursday, October 23, Charles Messing, Ph.D. of NSU's Oceanographic Center, co-hosted the exciting first live broadcast of "The Sherlock Project: Investigating the Natural World" from the Port Everglades entrance channel at John U. Lloyd State Park in Hollywood, FL.
Outboard Motor Donated In return for NSUOC faculty and students participating in a manatee watch program during boat engine demonstrations, Honda Marine has donated a 225 HP outboard motor to the Oceanographic Center.
DNA Test Better Protects Great Whites A new genetic test will allow scientists to more effectively enforce the illegal plunder of great white shark populations for their fins, teeth and jaws.
High Cost Of A Fin A new genetic test may hold the key to saving some of the world's most threatened sharks, whose numbers are crashing for the sake of a bowl of soup.
Stemming The Fin Trade A new genetic test or identifying endangered species from dismembered body parts might help conservationists better document the fast-growing trade in shark fins.
Taking The Shark Out Of Soup A DNA test that identifies the kind of shark ending up in shark fin soup is being hailed as a conservation breakthrough.
NSUOC Student Wins National Scholarship Jennifer Magnussen, NSUOC Ph.D. student in marine biology, has been awarded the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship for 2002. Jennifer is one of only 4 students in the nation to receive this award. Click on the icon for more information on the scholarship award. The NOAA news release can be found here.
A Boon For Nature, Tourism Recreation may not be the main reason for Nova Southeastern University's budding reef-nursery project, but certainly sport diving will benefit from it.
Clipping The Fin Trade A recent Science News article indicates that research and policy initiatives could take a bite out of shark exploitation.
Global Experts To Study Dubai Coral Reefs An international team of marine scientists will join hands with Dubai Municipality to conduct a series of ground-breaking studies on coral reefs at the Jebel Ali Marine Sanctuary.
Test To Monitor Fin Trade A new genetic fingerprinting technique could now allow conservationists and fisheries managers to assess which of the 400 shark species are most threatened by the booming trade in their fins.
Shark Fins Out Of Soup and Into DNA Test Tubes Shark fins bought in Hong Kong have been used by American geneticists to prove the effectiveness of DNA identification tests to help sound early alarms of overfishing of certain species.
Shining New Light On Stingrays Two graduate students from the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center are working with artist Guy Harvey to study the life history, biology, behavior and economic value of Grand Cayman's stingrays.
Coral Sex Late on the evening of August 6th a team of researchers from the National Coral Reef Institute [NCRI] at Nova Southeastern University witnessed a spawning event of staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis, located on Southeast Florida coral reefs off Ft. Lauderdale.
Grand Cayman Sharks Every Thursday and Saturday, divers attend the feeding of Caribbean Reef sharks, conducted by Ocean Frontiers, in conjunction with the Guy Harvey Research Institute.
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