NOAA Fisheries Service

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Feds Take Possible First Step Toward Freeing Lolita, Miami Seaquarium's Orca

    With the popularity of the documentary Blackfish, which focuses on captive orcas at SeaWorld, public debate over keeping the endangered species in captive has reignited. For years, activists have long tried to have Lolita, an orca held captive at the Miami Seaquarium, released. Today, federal offi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Publix Sells Shark Meat: Eat or Avoid?

    Since before Jaws used the Jersey shore as an all-you-can-eat buffet, sharks have held a reputation as the monsters of the sea. But no matter how intimidating they appear, the water-bound predators still fall below humans on the food chain. In fact, shark meat is legally sold at certain retailers, ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011
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    May 26, 2010

    Oil Spill Seafood: Miami Chefs Sound Off

    via Commercial and Recreational Fishing Closure in the Oil-Affected Portions of the Gulf of Mexico as of May 25th, 2010. Click for full size map.‚ÄčThe BP Oil Spill is now responsible for the closure of slightly more than 22 percent of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico's "exclusive econo ... More >>

  • News

    June 12, 2008

    Shark Huggers

    Tourists can't wait to get next to them — even if they are eating machines.

  • News

    May 19, 2005

    Letters from the Issue of May 19, 2005

    Shark killers, whimpering liberals, and demanding drag queens

  • News

    May 5, 2005

    Dead Meat

    This time it just might be Mark "the Shark" Quartiano who ends up being filleted

  • News

    February 17, 2005


    Seaquarium stonewalls about the health and well-being of Lolita the orca

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Letters from the Issue of May 2, 2002

    Baseball been very very good to them

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    April 11, 2002

    Hooked on Death

    When clueless tourist meets shameless skipper, it's a good bet there'll be blood on the docks

  • News

    July 8, 1999

    Livin' la Vida Orca

    Howard Garrett carries the torch for an aging aquatic entertainer named Lolita

  • News

    October 29, 1998

    Going Under

    As the world's most-coveted sport fish swim toward extinction, Miami researchers strive to save them

  • News

    October 23, 1997

    Parks and Profits

    Believe it or not, Miami's planning czar Jack Luft says he can make Virginia Key both lovely and lucrative

  • News

    April 24, 1997

    Flipper's Revenge

    They're cute. They're cuddly. They're smart. And as the fiasco at Sugarloaf Key shows, they make humans do crazy things.

  • News

    June 6, 1996

    If You Sink It, They Will Come

    Creating an artificial reef is no longer a slam-dunk affair, despite an abundance of missile sites, water towers, and wanna-be philanthropists

  • News

    March 23, 1995

    Treasured Isle

    This time next year an RV campground will occupy Virginia Key. Say sayonara to one of the city's last patches of green.

  • News

    March 9, 1995

    The One That Didn't Get Away

    A National Marine Fisheries Service scientist hooks some big violations

  • News

    September 1, 1993

    The Flap Over Flipper

    So you want to swim with the dolphins? Be prepared for two things: An argument from activists and a chance that the dolphins will make contact -- serious contact.

  • News

    April 8, 1992