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Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys
November 2014
Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys
News & Notes

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FWC's Coral Reef Building Success

FWC researchers recently observed transplanted nursery-raised staghorn coral spawning for the first time at Tropical Rocks near Marathon. This spawning event shows that outplanted corals have the ability to reproduce just like a natural colony and furthers the goal of creating breeding colonies of coral that can repopulate reefs on their own. The corals were supplied by the Coral Restoration Foundation and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium nurseries and outplanted by the FWC.
Outplanting Coral
FWC began construction on the Middle Keys coral nursery in late 2009, but suffered setbacks due to a coldwater kill and, later, a warm-water bleaching event. The goal was to expand the current nurseries, develop new nurseries and outplant high numbers of nursery-grown corals throughout the Florida reef tract and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

FWC and The Nature Conservancy are reseeding coral reefs in efforts to aid recovery of wild staghorn populations. Staghorn coral contributes significantly to reef growth, island formation and coastal protection, while providing essential habitat for a number of important reef fish.
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The project was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act via The Nature Conservancy. Learn more about FWC’s Coral Reef Evaluation and Monitoring Project (CREMP).


EPA Report Indicates Evidence of Climate Change

A new report by the EPA confirms, on the basis of observed long-term trends, that climate change is happening in the U.S. now and that we need to address the threat it poses.
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“The Earth’s climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events—like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures—are already taking place,” according to the report. “Scientists are highly confident that many of these observed changes can be linked to the climbing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, which are caused by human activities.”
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Ten Indicators of a Warming World
The report—compiled with support from the Centers for Disease Control, NASA, NOAA, USDA and the U.S. Geological Survey and others—presents a set of 30 indicators that track the causes and effects of climate change. Written for general audiences, the report aims to help readers understand long-term climate-related trends observed across the atmosphere, oceans, snow and ice, ecosystems and public health. Most indicators focus on the United States, but some include global trends to provide context or a basis for comparison, or because they are intrinsically global in nature. All of the indicators presented relate to either the causes or effects of climate change, although some indicators show trends that can be more directly linked to human-induced climate change than others.
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The EPA's indicators are based on peer-reviewed, publicly-available data from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations and the report builds on an earlier edition released in 2012. The EPA selected these indicators based on the quality of the data and other criteria, using historical records that go back in time as far as possible without sacrificing data quality. Indicators will be updated periodically as newer data become available. More about climate change indicators.


"Friends in Focus" Movie Nights Begin in December

"Friends in Focus" movie nights are back! Starting Dec. 2, Sanctuary Friends will once again host a series of FREE movies on a variety of environmental, educational or ocean-related topics. Mark your calendar for the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Sail & Power Squadron Education Building, 12 Loggerhead Lane (off 52nd Street Gulf) in Marathon. Doors open at 6:30 and the movie starts at 7 p.m. Popcorn is free and drinks are available for a donation.
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The schedule for December and January is as follows:
December 2: "Thin Ice"
A documentary film where New Zealand geologist Simon Lamb takes his camera to find out what is really going on with Climate Change. 75 minutes. Official website and trailer.
December 16: "Disruption"
This film takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction when it comes to Climate Change. It also takes us behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize the largest climate rally in the history of the planet during the UN world climate summit. 52 minutes. Watch the trailer here.
"Vegucated"
January 6: "Vegucated"
This documentary follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks and learn what it's all about. Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, the film showcases the rapid and, at times, comedic evolution of three people who are trying their darnedest to change in a culture that seems dead set against it. 77 minutes. Official website and trailer.
January 20: "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet" 
This film, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012 and has won acclaim at festivals around the world, is the exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Inspired by the book of the same name, it focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds. 101 minutes. Watch the trailer here.


NewsMakers


New "Waterways" Episode Highlights FKNMS Marine Debris Cleanups

Marine Debris is the topic of the most recent episode of “Waterways.” The episode focuses on efforts by Biscayne National Park and the FKNMS to address the harm caused by such debris, including derelict fishing gear, lobster and crab traps, rope, pallets, plastics and anything else discarded into the sea. Both organizations monitor the type and quantity of debris that washes ashore and utilize teams of volunteers from around the country to help rid the environment of trash. Marine debris is an overwhelming problem that harms both animals and habitats throughout south Florida and the world.
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With more than 200 episodes produced since 1993, the “Waterways” educational television series is a joint project between FKNMS, Everglades National Park, and the EPA informing viewers of the diverse wonders of the south Florida ecosystem and the research and conservation programs that protect them. “Waterways” airs on public and government channels throughout the state of Florida. Check local listings for scheduling. Episodes may also be viewed on YouTube and Vimeo.


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In This Issue:
Coral Reef Building Success
Climate Change Indicators Updated
Friends in Focus Films Are Back!
NewsMakers
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.
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Opening Reception for The Sinking World Exhibition
Nov. 30,
 noon-2 pm, Eco-Discovery Center, Key West
Come view an exhibition of world-renowned artist Andreas Franke’s Mohawk and Vandenberg projects and see Giants in the City inflatable art. This FREE event is part of ART! Key West! and advanced registration is required. More information and online registration.

Friends in Focus Movie: "Thin Ice"
Dec. 2, 7 pm, Sail & Power Squadron Education Building, 12 Loggerhead Lane, Marathon
Part of a monthly film series sponsored by Sanctuary Friends and the Marathon Sail & Power Squadron every first and third Tuesday. Social begins at 6:30 pm.


Membership Update
September/October 2014
Welcome! Thank you for your support!

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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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