Environment

We all think where things should be located is a pretty simple, logical matter. Not so. Think about your local grocery store. Let’s say you want to buy some meat; most of us would wander over to the meat counter. But, depending on whether the meat was fresh, frozen, canned, or cooked and packaged on request, there might be any number of places you go looking for your next meal. Location also matters in federal agencies, particular those which evolve. Over time similar agencies develop based on different initial functions. A case in point is the National Weather Service, which is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which itself is housed in the Department of Commerce.
March signals spring time in Florida – the longer days and warmer weather can create ideal conditions for fishing, kayaking, boating, or stand up paddle boarding in Florida’s estuaries and other coastal waterways. It is fitting then that March is also Seagrass Awareness Month because seagrass beds are such an important component of our coastal waterways. According to a recent report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 2.2 million acres of seagrasses have been documented in Florida waters, providing ecological services worth $20 billion per year. Ecological services include habitat values that cannot be measured by a traditional economic scale – i.e. the value of providing habitat to juvenile sport fish or food for manatees and sea turtles. Seagrass beds also provide direct economic benefits to Florida through fishing charters and ecotourism businesses.
Triton Submarines is proud to announce its partnership with Sustainatopia as a featured participant in “Impact and Our Oceans”. The Impact Conference @ Sustainatopia will feature a global 1-day conference on Impact & Our Oceans- featuring both Triton Submarines & Virgin Oceanic. This special 1 day Conference will include top experts from around the world regarding the 'Race to the Bottom of the Ocean" as well as issues related to food, energy, mining, fauna, over fishing and marine tourism.
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.
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.
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