The ailing Apalachicola Bay may get some help if Gov. Rick Scott gets his way — but lawmakers say the funding will mainly go toward a study.
Scott's recently unveiled budget would give $3 million to "water quality improvement projects" in the bay, which is located in Franklin County. The Northwest Florida Water Management District would receive the money and undertake the projects.
State Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, who represents the county, said he's pleased the governor recommended the funding.
"He understands the severe problem that we have with the Apalachicola River basin and the Apalachicola Bay," he said.
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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.