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  • NASCAR Driver Martin Truex Jr. Speaks out on Restoring the Gulf
    Martin Truex Jr is an avid hunter and angler As we found out while attending the Avco Care 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway last September Truex cares deeply about the need to restore the Gulf from the known damage and still uncertain impacts of the BP spill and its aftermath I ve been fishing since I was old enough to go out on the boats with my father and grandfather said Truex Both of the elder Truex family members are part of an extended family that makes a living on the Jersey coast as commercial fishermen Truex s family owns a large independent clam and specialty seafood company When he was younger he worked as a deckhand on a clamming boat long enough to know he d rather be racing for a living That s how I earned extra spending money when I was growing up and I have never lost my love of fishing and the water We have to make sure the Gulf remains a healthy and sustainable fishery Bass Pro Shops is one of many companies that sponsors Truex and they also provide him with outdoor gear to fuel his off track passions It s been a dream come true for me he said I love to fish I ve always been a water guy growing up in coastal New Jersey I ve always fished and hunted Through his work with Keep America Fishing Truex has been following the debate over funding to restore the Gulf So many people rely on the Gulf for their seafood and for recreation It needs to be made healthy and sustainable again To do otherwise just would not be right I have three passions NASCAR racing hunting and fishing Racing keeps me busy most of the time but every chance I

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/News-and-Pressroom/NASCAR-Driver-Martin-Truex-Jr.-Speaks-out-on-Restoring-the-Gulf.aspx (2016-05-01)
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  • Florida Wildlife Federation Hails Senate Passage of Gulf Restoration Amendment
    Federation as a major milestone in setting the stage for Gulf Coast recovery from the BP spill of 2010 In a strong show of bipartisan support the Senate voted 76 22 in favor of the amendment which provides a framework for expenditure of funds that will be paid by BP and other negligent parties as a result of the spill The legislation dedicates 80 percent of the Clean Water Act CWA fines for the gulf oil disaster to restoring the gulf ecosystem and economy The Senate s overwhelming vote in favor of the RESTORE Act reflects the broad support for revitalizing the Gulf Coast region by ensuring the bulk of the money collected in spill fines is spent in the area that suffered so much harm said Manley Fuller President of the Florida Wildlife Federation We are grateful to Senator Bill Nelson who co sponsored this legislation with other members if the Gulf States Caucus and who worked so hard to achieve this high level of support among fellow senators The legislation will ensure that penalties paid by BP and others responsible for the 2010 Gulf oil disaster estimated to be in the range of 15 21 billion are used to rebuild the economies of Gulf Coast communities that were impacted by the spill and to restore the natural resources ecosystems fisheries marine and wildlife habitats beaches barrier islands dunes and coastal wetlands that are the foundation of the Gulf Coast economy The Senate s approval of the RESTORE Act follows the House s recent approval of a similar bill which affirms the principle that the penalties for the Gulf oil spill belong in the Gulf for restoration The next step is for the House and Senate to resolve the differences between these two amendments and enact RESTORE into law

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/News-and-Pressroom/Florida-Wildlife-Federation-Hails-Senate-Passage-of-Gulf-Restoration-Amendment.aspx (2016-05-01)
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  • Capitol Watch Week 4
    owners and you the taxpayer Florida s insurance markets cannot be restored without including reform of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Cat Fund The Cat Fund has the ability to tax any resident with a homeowners or auto insurance policy in Florida to pay for bonds it issues to pay its claims The Cat Fund was intended to supplement not replace private reinsurance In recent years it has grown unduly large leaving Florida s insurance consumers subject to potential assessments HB 833 S 1372 would begin to correct that imbalance by reducing these assessments A video explaining why the Cat Fund should be reformed can be found at http bit ly CatFundReform Florida insured property owners regardless of who writes the homeowners and auto insurance policies are assessed a tax that goes toward capitalizing the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund In fact you continue to pay into th e fund for storms that occurred in 2004 05 This video illustrates how and why the Cat Fund was created and describes the current risk all Floridians face because of the Fund s 3 2 billion shortfall It urges Floridians to support important Cat Fund reform legislation Please call your state senator and state representative and let them know you support reform of the Cat Fund Contact information for your member s of the Florida Legislature can be found by following this link http www myfloridahouse gov Sections Representatives myrepresentative aspx Simply enter your zip code and you will be directed to the contact information for your representatives RESTORE Act passage hits a critical stage in Congress FWF is part of a strong coalition of environmental business and local government entities that are working toward achieving passage of the RESTORE Act S 1400 This measure would return the fines BP will pay as a result of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil disaster to the impacted states including Florida The trial to establish the exact penalties estimated at between 5 22 billion is set to begin the last week of February In fact legal observers believe that the trial to assess guilt and levy fines under provisions of the Clean Water Act may be over before it starts Negotiators for BP and for the federal and impacted state governments have been meeting to see if an out of court settlement can be reached before the trial opens Thus the need to pass the RESTORE Act is urgent Without this bill the funds will go directly into the federal treasury for use in any potentially unrelated federal expenditure The impacted states will likely never see a dime of the money An editorial from the Panama City News Herald sums up the debate well and makes the case that Congress needs to act now to ensure justice is properly administered Act now on RESTORE Panama City News Herald February 07 2012 Legal hearings on Justice Department charges against BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster are scheduled to begin Feb 27 in New

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/News-and-Pressroom/Capitol-Watch-Week-4.aspx (2016-05-01)
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  • Florida Panthers to Get Life Saving Fence
    to a study commissioned by Florida Wildlife Federation Florida Department of Transportation FDOT recently announced it will be installing wildlife exclusionary fencing along the nine mile stretch of Alligator Alley from the FakaUnion Canal Bridge to the Naples toll booth Since 2004 there have been an alarming 14 Florida panthers killed by collisions with vehicles This nine mile segment is the deadliest highway for Florida panthers and the only section of Alligator Alley without wildlife exclusionary fencing In April 2015 Florida Wildlife Federation alarmed by the increasing panther death count commissioned a study by transportation ecologist Dr Daniel Smith He recommended fencing the nine miles and improving wildlife movement under the Miller and FakaUnion Canals Dr Smith suggested new wildlife underpasses between the Miller Canal Bridge and Naples toll booth Florida Wildlife Federation is very pleased with FDOT s swift and optimal action to address panther deaths on Alligator Alley said Manley Fuller President of Florida Wildlife Federation FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold expressed appreciation to Florida Wildlife Federation for bringing this concern to our attention and stated FDOT supports Florida Panther recovery efforts In addition to the exclusionary fencing FDOT will reset the existing rubble riprap under the west side of the FakaUnion Canal Bridge and both sides under the Miller Canal Bridge to create a 2ft wide pathway for wildlife use It is important to maintain habitat connectivity for panthers and other wildlife because Picayune Strand State Forest is on the south side and Collier County s North Belle Meade Natural Resource Protection Area is on the north side of this currently exposed stretch of Alligator Alley I 75 said Nancy Payton Southwest Florida Field Representative who spearheaded Florida Wildlife Federation s successful campaign The Florida panther has been on the U S Endangered Species List since 1967 They

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  • Injunction Seeks to Restore Money to State’s Conservation Land-Buying Fund
    our court filing today we point out that the Legislature took the land conservation money and earmarked it for a variety of things it isn t supposed to pay for including worker s comp claims and executive salaries The suit asks a Leon Circuit Court judge to order the Legislature to return monies back to the state s Land Acquisition Trust Fund Earthjustice is representing the Wildlife Federation and three other groups Sierra Club the St Johns Riverkeeper and the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida in the lawsuit Today s action is an amendment to a legal complaint the groups filed in June According to today s legal complaint the Legislature has diverted funds from the state s Land Acquisition Trust Fund to pay for various appropriations including 1 222 158 for risk management insurance for the Department of Environmental Protection the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services the Department of State and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission covering liability for among other things damage awards for Civil Rights Act violations damage claims against the agencies for negligent injuries to people and for property damage and worker s compensation claims 623 043 to pay for executive leadership and administrative services to wildlife programs in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 21 697 449 to the Department of Agriculture 5 000 000 of which was vetoed by the Governor to pay for implementation of agricultural best management practices on non conservation privately owned lands 174 078 574 for salaries and overhead for personnel within the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services the Department of Environmental Protection the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Department of State 838 570 for wildfire suppression vehicles for the Department of Agriculture 5 000 000 to the Department of Agriculture to

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/News-and-Pressroom/Injunction-Seeks-to-Restore-Money-to-State%E2%80%99s-Conservation-Land-Buying-Fund.aspx (2016-05-01)
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  • Little Fish Make Big Fish - Managing Forage Species
    Photo Contest Create A Wildlife Habitat GreenStar Certification Sweepstakes FWF Scholarship Fund Little Fish Make Big Fish Managing Forage Species Date 02 27 2014 By Preston Robertson FWF Vice President for Conservation General Counsel Forage fish are those little fish that swim in schools in our saltwaters They inhabit the marine food chain between macro invertebrates such as plankton and the more readily seen species anglers love to catch such as sea trout redfish and snook Some examples of forage fish are herrings menhaden sardines and anchovies Forage fish historically existing in great abundance consume microscopic organisms and are in turn eaten by larger marine predators As with all ecosystems our seas and coastal waters need to have all parts of the food chain intact to thrive and be sustainable While more charismatic species such as our game fish are readily identifiable and have human advocates looking out for their benefit forage species have been somewhat ignored This should not be the case Forage fish play a fundamental role in our marine ecosystems by converting energy from lower life forms into food for larger fish sea mammals and sea birds They also act as filter feeders to diminish algal blooms Sought after commercially forage species are ground up or reduced into fish meal or oil and utilized as a protein source for livestock pet food and aquaculture Forage fish are also caught for use as bait for anglers In recent years as human populations have grown the extraction of forage fish from our oceans has increased Forage fish now comprise approximately 37 of the global wild saltwater fish catch Without this critical part of the marine food web other parts will suffer and face declining populations to the detriment of both recreational and commercial anglers and ocean ecology As a

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  • Scientists Link Climate Change and Gray Snapper Spread Via The Fishing Wire
    leading researchers to look at estuarine habitats as a key piece of the puzzle Temperature is a major factor shaping the distribution of marine species given its influence on biological processes said Jon Hare lead author of the new study and director of the NEFSC s Narragansett Laboratory in R I Many fish species are expected to shift poleward or northward as a result of climate change but we don t fully understand the mechanics of how temperature interacts with a species life history especially differences between juvenile and adult stages Hare and NOAA colleague Mark Wuenschel a fishery biologist at the Center s Woods Hole Laboratory worked with Matt Kimball of the University of North Florida to project the range limits of gray snapper also known as mangrove snapper using coupled thermal tolerance climate change models Kimball also works at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve in Florida Gray snapper was chosen for this study given previous temperature and physiological studies by all three authors providing a foundation upon which to build Hare and colleagues believe their approach applies more broadly to other fishery species that use estuarine areas during their life history Those include a large number of commercially and recreationally important species such as summer flounder black sea bass weakfish and pink shrimp Unlike earlier studies on climate change and its impact on species like Atlantic croaker Hare and colleagues developed a model based on a specific hypothesis that is supported by laboratory experiments and field observations Their new study is based on laboratory research that determined the lower thermal limit the temperature at which a fish can no longer survive This limit is expressed as cumulative degree days below 17 C about 63 F The team then equated these limits to estuarine water temperatures Prior research has shown that estuarine temperatures are closely related to air temperatures so the team then linked the thermal limits to air temperature Projections of coastwide air temperature were then extracted from global climate models and used to project changes in the distribution of thermal limits for juvenile gray snapper The researchers made climate projections for winter water and temperatures for 12 estuaries from Biscayne Bay in south Florida to northern New Jersey Data collected in previous studies from the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve nearJacksonville Florida along with temperature data from the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserves in New Jersey provided valuable background information The results indicate that gray snapper distribution will spread northward along the coast into the future The magnitude of this spread is dependent on the magnitude of climate change more CO2 emissions resulted in greater northward spread The uncertainty in the study s projections was also examined by the researchers who looked at multiple global climate models and the uncertainty in each model s estimates of lower thermal limit Surprisingly biological uncertainty was the largest factor supporting calls for more research to understand and characterize the biological effects of climate change

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/News-and-Pressroom/Scientists-Link-Climate-Change-and-Gray-Snapper-Spread-Via-The-Fishing-Wire.aspx (2016-05-01)
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  • FWC Seeks Input for Hunting and Wildlife Management Areas
    Affiliate Organizations Conservation Allies Friends Donations of Stock Special Donations Programs FWF Photo Contest Create A Wildlife Habitat GreenStar Certification Sweepstakes FWF Scholarship Fund FWC Seeks Input for Hunting and Wildlife Management Areas Date 08 24 2012 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking public comments on proposed rule changes for hunting and Wildlife Management Areas The rule summaries and a comment page may be found at http

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