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News & Notes
February 2009


  Programs & Projects

Clyde Butcher to Speak at EDC April 4 

The Sanctuary Friends Foundation
In honor of Ocean Week
Celebrates the Arts and the Environment
Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida
A Conversation with Clyde Butcher
Environmentalist and Artist
Elam S. Stolzfus
Producer/Cinematographer of "Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida"
and PBS specials on Clyde Butcher and other nature documentaries

Watch the mini video of "Living Waters" featuring Clyde Butcher

When: Saturday, April 4
Where: Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 33 Quay Road, Key West (at the end of Southard Street on the Truman Waterfront)

Daytime Activities -- to the public
10 am to 3:30 pm
: Environmental Film Festival and Works of Environmental Artists
2 to 3 pm: Book signing by Clyde Butcher
All day: Silent Auction

Evening Celebration -- $45 to benefit Sanctuary Friends and their programs
6 to 9 pm: Clyde Butcher & Elam S. Stolzfus discuss blending of art and nature and how it has influenced their work and how the work is used to contribute to public awareness of the environment.
Followed by Eco-Friendly Tapas and Wine Tasting and a Musical and Video Presentation

For ticket purchase and information, please go to or call Diana at 305-289-2288

Hot Issues

Sharks: Predators or Prey?


Many of you have seen Rob Stewart’s documentary Sharkwater, which debunks stereotypes of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas. Watch the trailer.

In the end, Stewart discovers these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey. Despite surviving the earth's history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed.

Now the Florida Keys have their own authority on sharks making a media splash. Florida Keys Community College's Marine Sciences Director, Dr. Patrick Rice, is the star of two episodes of ESPN2's "Vida del Mar." The two shows aired in January and focus on Dr. Rice's pioneering research in the field of shark repellents.

The first episode, titled "FKCC Shark Repellent," explores Dr. Rice’s pursuit of a chemical shark repellent that can be used for shark conservation as well as to protect humans from sharks. Footage was shot at Florida Keys Community College and the Marathon Aqua Ranch and Symbiologics (MARS) facility.

The second episode delves into how very strong permanent magnets can be used to repel sharks. The findings from his research may help protect and preserve shark populations.

The episodes will re-air on ESPN2 on March 15 at 8:56 a.m. and March 22 at 8:26 a.m.

  Our Amazing Ocean

Sylvia Earle Receives TED Prize

One of the three winners of the TED Prize for 2009 is oceanographer and explorer, Dr. Sylvia Earle, former Chief Scientist for NOAA and current explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society.
TED stands for Technology-Entertainment-Design and started in 1984 as a conference to bring together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has broadened to include science, business, the arts and global issues facing our world, recognizing that they are all connected, as we all are one way or another on this water planet.

Watch Sylvia Earle's "TED Talk."

How fitting that one of the annual $100,000 prizes goes to Dr. Earle, a dedicated advocate for the world’s oceans – truly, tangibly, the river of life that connects us all. Her voice speaks with wonder and amazement at the glory of the oceans and with urgency to awaken the public from its ignorance about the role the oceans plays in all of our lives and the importance of maintaining their health.

Read more about Dr. Sylvia Earle and her wish “to somehow stabilize our connection to nature so that in 50 years from now, 500 years, 5,000 years from now there will still be a wild system and respect for what it takes to sustain us.”

Dr. Earle’s wish is at the heart of Sanctuary Friends’ mission and we hope you’ll applaud that recognition with us, even though we are only related in spirit. Because spirit counts.

Spotlight on the Keys:
Jane Lubchenco 

On February 12, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation heard the testimony of Dr. Jane Lubchenco, nominated to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere at the U.S. Department of Commerce. That position also makes her the Administrator of NOAA, which provides oversight of our Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

A strong ocean supporter and advocate for addressing climate change, Dr. Lubchenco’s hearing shone a spotlight on the Florida Keys NMS when Sen. Isakson (R-GA) stated that he intends to go SCUBA diving with Lubchenco, and Sen. Martinez (R-FL) suggested they go to the Florida Keys to do that diving.

Dr. Lubchenco is an environmental scientist and marine ecologist actively engaged in teaching, research, synthesis and communication of scientific knowledge. Read more about Dr. Lubchenco.

celebrating the event... honoring the earth and sea


We invite you to hold your special celebrations, business meetings and other occasions in a meaningful way at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Our staff will help you celebrate in a green way, and your donations will help to give back to the “Sanctuary.” Call today to reserve your date and share your celebration with the earth and sea!

Call 847-612-4712 or email

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 From the Board


It is with great pleasure that we devote this issue to two women of science: Dr. Jane Lubchenco, a strong ocean supporter and advocate for addressing climate change, and Dr. Sylvia Earle, one of the three winners of the prestigious TED prize for 2009.

We also feature the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. More than just a museum, the EDC can be used for meetings, special events or celebrations. If you still haven’t visited the EDC, we hope to see you soon. Admission is

These are interesting times, as the “Chinese curse” goes. But their written character for crisis, which contains the one for opportunity, reminds us to look forward and do what we can to make progress in maintaining healthy ecosystems. We have the opportunity to be hands on with that here in our island home.

How will you get involved? We welcome you to join us as a member of Sanctuary Friends.


Dolly M. Garlo, Board Chair

Upcoming Events

National Weather Service
Open House &
NOAA Science Saturday

When: Saturday, March 21, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Where: National Weather Service - Key West Office, 1315 White Street and open to the public! Families welcome!

  • Tours of National Weather Service office
  • Presentations
  • Live music
  • Raffle prizes
  • Food
  • Live radio broadcast

For more information, contact Bill Cottrill or Todd Hitchins.

A Celebration of
The Arts & the Environment:
A Conversation with Clyde Butcher

When: Saturday, April 4
Where: Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, Key West

Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where in the World is the Eco-Discovery Center?

The EDC is located at 35 East Quay Road in Key West, but only your GPS could find it using that address.

Whether walking, biking or driving here are your no-fail directions for finding this hidden gem (with parking).

From Duval Street, turn onto Southard Street. It’s a one-way, so you can’t turn the wrong way! The EDC is located at the end of Southard Street in Truman Annex, across the street from Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. You will see the Complex on the right before you enter the State Park.

The EDC is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is

For more information, call 305-809-4750 or e-mail.
Getting to the EDC


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Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys supports the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in the preservation, restoration, and sustainable use of our coral reef and marine ecosystems. We focus on development of community support and advancement of public awareness, education, outreach and scientific research.

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