Read more about the article Covid-Safe Sister Keys Clean Up
Native species were planted on upland area of the Sister Keys, created with the material dredged to create the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in the late 1800s. The islands are one of the best examples of a thriving native marine environment in coastal Florida.

Covid-Safe Sister Keys Clean Up

By Rusty Chinnis Suncoast Waterkeeper is teaming up with Sarasota Bay Watch this year when they conduct their Annual Sister Keys Clean up on Saturday, March 6. The event is…

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Read more about the article A Catalyst for Change
Living Shorelines provide critical habitat to bay waters. Submitted

A Catalyst for Change

When I asked Jon Thaxton, Vice President of Community Investment at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation (GCCF), about the “backstory “of the Foundation’s newly released Water Quality Playbook he was characteristically self-effacing.…

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Read more about the article Threatened Seagrass Has a Trickle Down Effect
Excess Nitrogen from multiple upstream sources create harmful algae blooms like this explosion of lyngbya on the eastern shore of Anna Maria Sound.

Threatened Seagrass Has a Trickle Down Effect

It is imperative that citizens let leaders know they will hold them responsible to protect the resources that form the basis of our quality of life as well as the local economy.

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Read more about the article What happened to catch and release?
Keeping big fish like tarpon in the water is critical. Andy Mill measures a tarpon while Captain Doug Kilpatrick assists. – Rusty Chinnis | Sun

What happened to catch and release?

Catch and release used to be an accepted practice that acknowledged that fish populations are not the bottomless resource they were once thought to be. Proper catch-and-release methods are more important now than ever. Lately, however, a lot of posts of dead fish are appearing on social media that seem to be taken more to impress others and get likes than to provide a meal.

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