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-the Voices of Pennekamp conservation video.   Leave a comment

The “Voices of Pennekamp”  an appropriate named title for the 50th anniversary celebration of John Pennekamp State Park, Florida Keys.

John Pennekamp Park is the first protected Marine Park in the USA.

Dr. Sylvia Earle PhD., “her deepness”, was the Key Note Speaker, video also includes captions from Dr. Brian Lapointe of Harbor Branch Oceanographic. Enjoy.

Great job again Lady Blue, Paula Caro Bravo! and welcome aboard.!

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Please sign our Clean Water Act petition for Florida.   Leave a comment

We decided that we needed to re-instate our On-line petition for Clean Water Act in Florida.

Fragile species on Florida's Reefs.

Just too much at stake these days in Florida. (like oil spills and accountability) Petition Site Link  <<<<<

Quote the petition as it appears: ”

  • Target: Florida Citizens, Tourism Industry, Florida Economy, Coral Reef, Divers, Fishermen, Coastal Citizen
  • Sponsored by: Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc,

Cleaner water for Florida is what we are after: now is the time to protect of health and future of Florida. With 27 known species of Harmful Algae, 7 of which are toxic/ yes deadly and have occurancy levels of 30% in certain non-turbid estuary locations and wetlands. Our States Economy is at stake here, starting with the Tourism Industry (Divers, Fishermen, Charters, Hotels, Theme Parks, Attractions, you name it.)
Please tell us its important to you that citizens have the right to the Clean Water Act in Florida.

After this past Election it seems uncertain for Florida’s Waters future. It was recently announced that Pam Bondi, DEP Michael Sole and the New Secretary of Agriculture Scott Putnam are in a lawsuit to sue the EPA for mandating that citizens have Clean Water assessability in Florida.Obviously we need a lot of signatures….! 🙂
Thanks,

William Djubin
President of Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc.

50th Anniversary of John Pennekamp and Sylvia Earle   Leave a comment

50th Anniversary of John Pennekamp and Sylvia Earle

http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/7447891/FL/Key-Largo/50th-Anniversary-of-John-Pennekamp-with-Sylvia-Earle/John-Pennekamp-Coral-Reef-State-Park

 

Christ of the Abyss ; Florida Keys

 

Christ of the Abyss; Florida Keys and John Pennekamp

Christ of the Abyss; Florida Keys and John Pennekamp

 

 Join Us this Saturday for a fantastic event.

 

Divers experience Cold Water upwelling in Florida; Video   Leave a comment

Divers experience Cold Water upwelling in Florida; Video

Nowadays anything can cause an alarm on the SE Florida Reef System with Oil Spill Damages impending, but these divers never expected to see Reef Fishes strugling to breath, Eutrophication? No. as Dr. Phipps of the OR Scientific Advisory Board, and local Reef PBC Expert explains:

“William,

Apparently our “annual July upwelling” occurred this weekend. I was diving in Boca on Saturday and fortunately did not experience those temperatures!  As to the fish…they were cold shocked. These upwellings can occur fairly rapidly. Yes, upwelling water is nutrient enriched..it is not eutrophied.  Also, the cold water of upwellings can often hold higher levels of oxygen than warmer waters.  The video showed cold shocked parrotfish…there was probably a really cold diver behind the camera, too! JP 

Janet J. Phipps, Ph.D.

Coral Reef Ecologist 

Dept. Environmental Resources Management

2300 North Jog Road, 4th Floor

West Palm Beach, FL 33411-2743

Office TN:  561.233.2513

Jphipps@pbcgov.org

Florida Dive Industry reaction to Oil Spill; Video   2 comments

Help us to save this valuable resource.

“The video was not made for you; it was created for species that can not speak for themselves”. 

quote from Crew member of Catch Clean Cook TV,  Ocean Rehab volunteer, videographer and activist- Mr. David Desrochers II.

David-  you spoke a trillion words.

Why we chose the other Sea Turtle photo?   Leave a comment

Why we chose the other Sea Turtle photo?

Sea Turtle pic from Hawaii

Green Sea Turtle off Oahu North Coast near Napali pic

That’s simple, She wasn’t lookin’ at you…like this photo.

The Winner is, the same Sea Turtle:    Photo     on our Front Page, congratulations..!!!

S. Florida reefs under pressure; Oil Spill   Leave a comment

Jupiter Coral Cove pics

What is presumed is 75+% of the SE Florida Reef tract is stressed/impaired(dying) or showing hypoxic symptoms already. Now, this fragile eco-system may get affected by the Louisiana Gulf Oil (BP) explosion and collapsed leaking oil platform and drill.
-let’s all pray that doesn’t come to fruition.
Reef Rescue reports

http://reefrescue.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/gulf-oil-spill-could-threaten-florida%e2%80%99s-reefs/

“A blazing oil rig that was shaken by an explosion earlier this week sank in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. The blast caused an initial spill and officials said there appeared to be no further leaks. However, on Saturday a Coast Guard commander said up to 1,000 barrels of oil a day were leaking at the site.

Rear Adm. Mary Landry said at a news conference “the leak was discovered Saturday; this is a very serious spill.” It was unclear how the leak in the well would be plugged; she said the well is leaking from the seabed, 5,000 feet below the gulf’s surface.

”Everything that goes into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and comes out will pass through the Florida Keys, and that’s a fact,” said Paul Johnson, a Reef Relief policy advisor who has studied Gulf oil spills.

Should the oil become entrained in the Florida Loop Current it could be transported along the Florida Reef Tract, through the Keys and to Florida’s east coast.