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Blue fish.

Charting the Path to Caribbean Coral Reef Recovery
Protecting parrotfish and strengthening coastal zone management may be the keys to increasing resilience of Caribbean coral reefs, according to coral reef ecologist Jeremy Jackson, PhD, who led a 3-year report assessing more than 90 coral reefs in the Caribbean. Dr. Jackson will share the report's findings and his insights on the path to protecting coral reefs with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s Advisory Council on April 21 in Key West.   More...

People walk around festival booths.

Keys' Ocean Fest Benefits Coral Reefs With Art, Fishing, and Fun
The Key's marine environment will be the focus of festivities at the upcoming Florida Keys Ocean Festival and Waterfront Craft Show. The April 4th event will kick off with a fun run, followed by festivities, educational displays, food and beverages, and live music at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center to celebrate ocean life and raise funds for coral reef restoration and conservation.  More...

Diver inspects net.

Derelict Shrimp Net Removed from Toppino Reef
A derelict shrimp net that had been trapping fish near Toppino Light was removed last week by sanctuary staff. When the sanctuary first investigated the scene in late January, they saw a fish trapped inside. The net posed a hazard to fish and had the potential to entangle other marine life.   More...