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Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys
August 2016
Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys
News & Notes


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Our dedicated Board of Directors, members and allies are committed to guaranteeing the future of our economically-precious treasures that are in critical danger here in the Keys. Please join us as a member, renew your membership or volunteer with us.

Canal Restoration in the Keys

Many residential canals in the Florida Keys do not meet the state’s minimum water quality criteria and are potential sources of nutrients and other contaminants to nearshore waters. To fix these problems, the EPA, Monroe County, cities within the Florida Keys, and even homeowner associations are helping to fund restoration efforts. Estimates to fix the problem range from $200 million to $700 million, according to information presented at a recent meeting of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).
Canal Restoration is Needed
Implementation of wastewater treatment and stormwater management systems will reduce loadings to the canals, but will not completely eliminate the impaired water quality conditions; therefore, the county is developing a Canal Management Master Plan to prioritize canal restoration and to develop feasible strategies to improve water quality in artificial canals in the Florida Keys. Additionally the County is performing extensive fieldwork to better understand the water quality conditions of every canal in the county, including municipalities.
The County BOCC has also approved moving forward with a series of canal restoration demonstration projects. The results will be used to further define restoration costs and for future grant applications to state and federal sources. The first stage of restoration includes the experimental installation of remediation technologies that could potentially improve canal conditions. Those technologies that prove to be the most effective and cost-efficient could then be installed in more canals across the Keys. The effectiveness of remediation technologies will be determined by using organisms, including seagrass, macroalgae and fish that are commonly used to judge water quality in south Florida. To learn more about Canal Restoration in the Florida Keys, visit the Monroe County website.

Coral Reef Condition, Mapping & Fisheries Cruise in the Keys

The NOAA Ship Nancy Foster departed Key West for the Dry Tortugas region on Aug. 10 to begin the 2016 coral reef condition, mapping and fisheries cruise. The purpose of the cruise is to study relationships between marine reserves in the Dry Tortugas region.
Researchers will focus on the connections between fish populations in the Florida Keys, Marquesas, Dry Tortugas National Park, the Tortugas Ecological Reserve North and South, plus surrounding reef habitats. Scientists will conduct fish sampling, acoustic tagging, acoustic array servicing, ROV and drop camera deployments; two deployments of a Wave Glider, plus nighttime fishery sonar surveys. This cruise builds upon previous research by FKNMS and its partners and will run until August 22.
NOAA Ship Nancy Foster underway (NOAA photo by Conor Maginn)
Reef fish populations are being studied to better understand their movement patterns. The scientific information gained can dramatically improve how to manage our marine resources by aiding with the identification of critical habitats that support the entire lifespan of target species.
Target areas for seafloor habitat mapping include the Marquesas and Tortugas regions. Data and information collected on this mission will be used to update and enhance existing habitat maps that help managers assess, protect, and preserve the condition of sanctuary resources, including sensitive habitats and ecosystems.
NOAA’s National Weather Service will participate in this research mission to both provide on-site marine weather observations and forecasts and to gain a better understanding of ship-board and research expedition needs related to weather observations.
The NOAA ship, plus the location of the FKNMS offices within the Dr. Nancy Foster Environmental Complex in Key West, both honor the marine biologist known for her science-based conservation of coastal aquatic life. Dr. Foster was one of the first Directors of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and later the head of NOAA's National Ocean Service. During her short tenure, she increased the agency's strength and positioned it to lead the nation in coastal stewardship.
Follow the mission on the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster's facebook page or read the factsheet.

Thank You to Tilden's Scuba Center for Donation!

Tilden’s Scuba Center in Marathon recently donated $350 to Sanctuary Friends Foundation from its annual Spines and Spinys Lobster/Lionfish Tournament on July 27-28. Hundreds of pounds of invasive lionfish were pulled off Keys reefs during the two-day mini season! Thank you to all who participated in the fun event to help clean up the reef and support local charities. The tournament also benefited local resident Cathy McCoy’s continued success in beating bone cancer.
Tilden's Scuba Center donates to Sanctuary Friends
Pictured are Wendy Hall of Tilden’s Scuba Center presenting the check to George Neugent, President of Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys.


National Park Service Centennial Events in the Keys

Two of the United States' most intriguing places, Dry Tortugas and Everglades national parks, are holding events to celebrate the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service in late August.
Entrance to Dry Tortugas and Everglades — and each of the country's 56 other national parks — is free for visitors Aug. 25-28 for Founder's Day celebrations, Sept. 24 for National Public Lands Day and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.
Historical re-enactments will be held Aug. 25-27 portraying 19th-century life at Fort Jefferson with daily demonstrations of cooking, blacksmith work and rifle drills. Living history encampments at Fort Jefferson to showcase Civil War-era demonstrations are scheduled on Veterans Day.
During the Aug. 25 Founder's Day celebration, birthday cake will be served at each Everglades visitor center and guests can sign keepsake birthday cards. Also that day, Everglades will participate in a "Sing Across America" event with school children, Girl Scouts and others. About 120 South Florida chorus participants will sing in the event that is to be conducted simultaneously at parks across the nation. Everglades is one of 30 parks to feature centennial videos, running through 2017, at its Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center.

In This Issue:
Canal Restoration Projects
Research Cruise in Dry Tortugas
Tilden's Donation to SFFFK
Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Please add your upcoming events to our online Florida Keys Environmental Calendar. This community-wide resource allows any organization or group to set up an account and post environmentally-related events.

Discovery Saturday: Forts, Cannons & Navies
August 20, 10-11 am,
 Eco-Discovery Center, Key West
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join this free, fun-filled event with crafts, games and other fun activities as they learn about the forts and navies in the Keys and the role they played in our history. The kids will build their own ship to take home and also try to defend the fort with a rubber band cannon. Every third Saturday of the month. Call 305-809-4750 for more information.

REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby
Sept. 10, Pennekamp Park,102601 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo
More than $3,500 in cash prizes to be awarded for first, second and third largest, smallest and most lionfish caught. Mandatory captains' meeting at 7:30 pm the evening before the derby. Rules, registration and more information is available on the REEF website or by calling 305-852-0030.

July / August 2016
Welcome! Thank you for your support!
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Nancy Gold

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Grader Mike Construction
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Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory
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Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys supports the Florida Keys and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) in the preservation, restoration, and sustainable use of our coral reef ecosystem, from the uplands to the deep sea. We focus on development of community support and advancement of public awareness, education, outreach and scientific research.

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