Affordable Florida Keys Vacation Rentals for the Aquarium Geek

I wanted to fill you all in on a secret aquarium-related getaway I experienced while in the Keys.  For the aquarium hobbyist who has never seen a wholesale operation, staying at the vacation rentals offered by Tom and Carol Scaturro…

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park turns 50

The first underwater park in the United States celebrates its 50th birthday this weekend. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, located in Key Largo about 60 miles south of Miami, includes nature trails, exhibits, guided canoe and kayak tours though…

Over 500 invasive lionfish harvested in inaugural Florida Keys Lionfish Tournament

Around 100 divers participated in the inaugural Florida Keys Lionfish Tournament in mid-September removing 534 of the non-native Indo-Pacific red lionfish from the waters of the Florida Keys. The fish have plagued the Atlantic coast of the U.S. and have been found…

Amazing images from reef restoration nursery on Florida Keys

We’ve written about Ken Nedimyer before and the amazing work him and his team are doing with the Coral Restoration Foundation, restoring coral to reefs off of Key Largo. We were amazed by these inspiring and beautiful pictures in a…

Gulf oil spill threatens reef restoration project

For Meaghan Johnson monitoring the forecast for the loop current in the Gulf of Mexico has been a daily ritual since the disastrous BP oil spill began. The “loop” is the current that seasonally carries water and everything in it…

Coral Nurseries of Elkhorn and Staghorn Acropora need our support, adopt a coral today

Elkhorn and Staghorn coral nurseries in the Florida Keys are beginning to bear the fruits of their labor. Now that the coral farm founded by Ken Nedimeyer has been in operation for several years, it’s thousands of coral pieces ranging…

First Hand reports of the effects of cold water stress in the Florida Keys

Reef Builders is proud to welcome Collin Foord to the RB writing block. Collin is one of the founders of Coral Morphologic, a long time sponsor of this blog. Through their frequent diving throughout the Florida Keys searching for cool…