Sea Watch

The state of our oceans, rivers and lakes. Southern Boating cares deeply about preserving the environment and the oceans we enjoy so much. Sea Watch has updates on reefs, national parks, conservation, climate and more.

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Citizen Scientists

Citizen Scientists Citizen scientists can improve the waters around us and support scientific initiatives. Volunteering is a great way to provide useful services to your community. One type of volunteer work that…

Marine Education

Marine Education Boaters know the value of healthy oceans better than almost anyone. Whether your interest is fishing or cruising, no one wants to do it in unhealthy water. Get schooled and…

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National Marine Sanctuaries

National Marine Sanctuaries NMS’s  preserve our underwater treasures In October 1972, Congress passed the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act. One of the goals of this act was to set up National…

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Summer Beach Safety

Summer Beach Safety A day of family fun can quickly head south if you’re not careful, so practice summer beach safety. A day at the beach is a perfect family activity. But…

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How Will Climate Change Impact Fishing?

How Will Climate Change Impact Fishing? As our waters warm, seas rise and fish move. Climate change impacts fishing below the surface. Climate change affects our oceans, particularly sea level rise, which,…

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Shallow Water Blackout and Electric Shock Drowning

Shallow Water Blackout and Electric Shock Drowning As the weather warms, it’s time for many of us to get back in the water. There are, however, risks. Two of the lesser known but very…

Whirlpools and Maelstroms from Southern Boating

Whirlpools and Maelstroms

Whirlpools and Maelstroms The myths and realities of whirlpools and maelstroms Violent maelstroms capable of pulling large ships under with all on board lost have been described in literature written by the likes…

Whats a Wave? Southern Boating investigates

What’s a Wave?

Every boater needs to know the surface condition of the water they are traversing. This condition is referred to as the “seas” and is the result of both waves and swells. But what’s really…

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What is stony coral tissue loss disease?

What is stony coral tissue loss disease? And more important, how do we stop it? In September 2014, researchers noticed that certain stony corals along the Florida Reef Tract weren’t doing so…

Types of Fog

Types of Fog

Types of Fog Did you know that there are many different types of fog? Fog can certainly spoil an otherwise perfect day on the water but even more important, it can be…

What's the difference between El Niño and La Niña

El Niño and La Niña

What’s the difference between El Niño and La Niña? Long before meteorologists “discovered” the El Niño (EN) phenomenon, fishermen in Chile and Peru were well aware of it. Typically, the fishing there was…

Deepwater Horizon Spill

Deepwater Horizon: Eight Years Later

Has the Gulf of Mexico recovered from the Deepwater Horizon disaster? The Deepwater Horizon oil rig, located 42 miles off the Louisiana coast, exploded on April 20, 2010. The initial explosion and…

Red tide and dead marine life

Red Tide Updates

Red Tide is a menace with no simple solution The infamous red tide algae on Florida’s southwest coast has died or moved offshore, so beaches are open to visitors again. Data gathered during…

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How do we eradicate lionfish?

Is it possible to eradicate lionfish from our waters? In the past couple of decades since lionfish really started taking over the reefs in Florida, The Bahamas, the Caribbean, and along the…

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Our Rising Seas: Coastal Resilience

Rising seas are more than a threat. They’re a reality. It’s been a little more than a year since I first wrote about rising sea level and the problems it is causing.…