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The Prince Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation recently conducted a coral reef research expedition, involving nine Bahamian scientists, amid concerns that coral reefs here are threatened with extinction due to over fishing and climate change conditions.

"We don't aticipate any new legislation as a result of the research that was conducted," said Environment Minister Earl Deveaux, noting that "what we expect will happen is that it will inform and amplify our completed legislative work."

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Water sports enthusiasts, boaters, anglers, divers, and beach-goers seeking getaway fun in Florida over the long Memorial Day weekend, remember to watch out for manatees, cautions Save the Manatee Club.

Human-induced manatee injuries and deaths are an ongoing concern year-round for the manatee population in the Sunshine State, with increased risk on busy boating holidays.

Miami-Dade County will have until July 1, 2013 to amend its scrap metal ordinance by incorporating changes to be made by the Scrap Metal Task Force created by Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson to combat rampant and recent scrap metal and copper wire theft.
 
In addition, scrap metal recyclers will pay higher penalties if they buy stolen copper or other metals for cash and without proper documentation, according to the legislation passed by the State Legislature in March. The law preempts new local ordinances but grandfathers existing ordinances.

The sea turtle nesting season began on March 1, and Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department encourages beach residents and beach users to be aware that these large marine reptiles will soon begin visiting our beaches at night with regularity.

March 1 was the start of nesting season for the threatened and endangered sea turtles that deposit their clutches of eggs on Broward County beaches. Females of three different species of sea turtle come ashore at night, lay their eggs and return to the sea.

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