Saturday, March 24, 2018

South Florida: How Are You Connected?

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People who vacation, live, boat, swim, snorkel, bird watch, or eat seafood in south Florida are “connected” to south Florida’s marine habitats. With populations increasing in coastal communities such as south Florida it is important to understand the impact humans have on these environments, and how the changing marine environment influences the way we live and how we plan for the future along our coasts.

Bringing Back the Fish

Michigan Sea Grant Oversees Successful Habitat Reconstruction

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Michigan Sea Grant is overseeing a long-term restoration project to restore fish spawning habitat for native fish species. An acre of rock reefs were constructed in the Middle Channel of the St. Clair River in the spring of 2012 — and fish are already using the reefs.  “It is science in action,” said Jennifer Read, assistant director of Michigan Sea Grant and project lead. “We were still constructing reefs a few hundred feet away, and yet, here they were…”

Drifting Buoys Track Water Currents in the Great Lakes Straits of Mackinac

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When you’re watching a river or the waves on a lake, do you ever wonder where that water goes? If you threw a rubber ducky into the water, where would it end up? Scientists are studying the movement of water in the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, to figure out how the water moves around. This water movement can affect ship traffic, how pollution spreads, and where aquatic animals go.