Marineland/ Georgia Aquarium are capturing Matanzas Dolphins

The Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station located in Marineland Florida, will be corralling and capturing dolphins between August 20th and August 29th as a part of a “dolphin research” project. According to George Biedenback, Director of Conservation Programs at Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station this research will involve “the use of up to 12 small craft with ~60 personnel to encircle wild dolphins with a net to handle them, collect various biological samples, and release them unharmed all under the supervision of marine mammal veterinarians.” Further details about the purpose of the project were supposedly presented at a briefing meeting on the evening of Sunday, August 19, but key stakeholders such as the Matanzas Riverkeeper were not informed of this meeting until less than an hour before its scheduled start time.

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Fish Island Slated for DR Horton Development

Author: Jen Lomberk - Matanzas Riverkeeper
Published:
Matanzas Riverkeeper Website

At a City of St. Augustine Planning and Zoning Board (PZB) meeting conveniently scheduled on the evening of July 3rd, developer DR Horton presented a proposal for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) for Fish Island to the Board and a handful of members of the public who were willing to sit through a public hearing the night before a federal holiday. Fish Island is located to the south of the 312 bridge on the Anastasia Island side. As the name suggests the property is almost entirely surrounded by water which means that every alteration made to this property is going to directly affect our water quality. The PUD application is seeking approval to clear cut and fill most of the island and eliminate the requirement for protective upland buffers in order to make way for 170 single family homes crammed onto lots averaging 40 feet in width with only five-foot setbacks between them.

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Florida: A Plastic Paradise

Author: Jen Lomberk - Matanzas Riverkeeper
Published:
Anastasia Island Community Journal - June 2018

A couple of weeks ago, David Farina and his son ventured out to the tidal marsh next to the State Road 206 bridge with hopes of catching some redfish. Although the fish weren’t biting, the duo headed home with an impressive bounty: a five-gallon bucket full of garbage. This was not by any means an isolated incident. Both ends of the 206 bridge are popular spots for river cleanups, where passionate volunteers spend several hours of their free time patrolling the area and collecting litter. Despite their determination, the trash continues to pile up.

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