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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.

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.

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.

The first in a series of frequently asked questions concerning common coastal issues:

QUESTION: Why do beaches erode?

ANSWER: The simple answer is they do not have enough sand. However, the causes are different in different parts of the country. On the West Coast, beaches are sand starved when river dams block the flow of sand. Eastern beaches often lack sand because inlets or navigation projects interrupt sand’s along-shore movement. All beaches suffer from storms and other natural events that cause erosion. Things as disparate as storm-driven waves or a simple change in an offshore sandbar may cause one coastal area to lose sand while another gains