The Miami-Dade Beacon Council recently participated in region-wide panel to discuss the establishment of a South Florida Marine Research Hub. The discussion was convened by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (the Alliance) and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF). The panel included South Florida University Presidents, Marine Researchers, Economic Development Organizations, and Elected Officials who discussed the opportunity to launch an initiative for collaboration and investment in marine research throughout South Florida.
Elections are great for drama… the winners and losers, the big comebacks and the just falling short, the unexpected and even the unimaginable. Once the dust settles, however, you still need to govern – to get the day-to-day business of the people and the community done. There are new players or new coalitions, certainly new circumstances and new ideas that need to be reflected (or deflected). Throughout, there’s always the need to bring your issues and concerns to the political powers-that-be – however they may have changed – to seek action and address needs.
Washington, D.C.—The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced that the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF), a Key Largo non-profit organization, is the recipient of a $2.1 million grant to restore eight coral reefs in the Florida Keys over the next three years. Rep. Curbelo, an advocate for increased funding for coral restoration, issued the following statement:
When you hear the word “infrastructure,” what do you think? Probably roads, bridges, dams, sewer systems, power grids… man-made and machine-driven, the industrial veins and arteries that keep this country moving and its economy alive.
Global FinPrint is the first-ever global survey to inform shark and ray conservation. MIAMI (Feb. 21, 2017) – Researchers attempting the world’s largest survey of shark populations just reached their goal of 216 reefs — a year and a half ahead of schedule. They have no plans of stopping. Launched during Shark Week in 2015, Global FinPrint is a three-year project led by FIU marine biologist Demian Chapman to search for the last remaining strongholds of sharks and rays throughout the world. Nearly a quarter of shark and ray species are currently threatened with extinction, yet the lack of comprehensive, up-to-date data on species abundance and distribution is hindering efforts to protect and replenish them.