Steps in Coral Conservation Celebrated

Steps in Coral Conservation Celebrated

Newly out-planted mountainous star coral (Orbicella faveolata) are growing in Biscayne National Park (BNP). This important act of conservation is a direct result of a partnership between The Florida Aquarium and Biscayne National Park. As an important reef-building species that has suffered high mortality in recent years from the Stony Coral Tissue Loss disease outbreak, the mountainous star coral is a key target for restoration.

With a general agreement in place, the duo is the first Aquarium-Park Partnership (APP) to participate in the Zoo-Park Partnerships for America’s Keystone Wildlife Project initiative; the joint initiative of National Park Service and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) pairs zoos and aquaria with national parks across the country.

“Wildlife is part of the historical landscape our nation’s parks sustain and interpret,” said Julie Anton Randall, APP Project Founder and Director. “AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium partners contribute expertise and resources to help parks meet America’s wildlife health and population recovery goals.”

The exciting partnership between The Florida Aquarium and Biscayne National Park focuses on the conservation of the park’s coral reef ecosystems which are in decline from a wide range of threats including climate change impacts such as increased water temperature and acidification, disease such as stony coral tissue loss, pollution, overfishing, invasive species, and water quality degradation.

The Florida Aquarium proudly serves as an industry leader in protecting, sexually reproducing and developing the techniques needed to breed and care for many threatened species of coral and thousands of coral offspring. Scientists from The Florida Aquarium care for 14 species of coral native to Florida.

Among those coral were the mountainous star coral grown from gametes collected by BNP staff during a 2019 spawning event in the park. The gametes were fertilized at the park and settled onto small tiles to allow for the animal’s growth and development before being transferred to The Florida Aquarium for rearing in December 2019.

This past summer, after several months in the ocean-based nursery, the now juvenile mountainous star coral were successfully returned back to the reef in Biscayne National Park by divers from the Park and NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center.

“This unique partnership maximizes animal husbandry and field conservation techniques to increase coral genetic diversity and advance the protection and restoration of threatened species in the Park” says Keri O’Neil, The Florida Aquarium’s Coral Conservation Program Manager & Senior Scientist. “With the help of key coral conservation partners from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), these juvenile corals have now been returned to the waters of their origin in Biscayne National Park.”

Ed’s Note: Photos courtesy of the Florida Aquarium and National Park Service. Used with gratitude and permission. 

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August 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

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In this issue… Learn how volunteers here and abroad are helping Ukrainian refugees, meet some local teens investing in our community, catch the raptor show at the Florida Aquarium, celebrate our Independence, raise a nesting pole with the...

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July 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

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April 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

April 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue…

Mark your calendar for Earth Day, shoot hoops with Senior Basketball, immerse yourself in Van Gogh in Sarasota, hear what ClubLink is planning in the community, catch up with residents who won ribbons at the state fair, learn why you should attend the Long Range Planning focus groups, see winning shots from the photo club competition, meet “Mr. Fountain,” get to know a Resident of Distinction, cruise by the Clearwater Sugar Sand Festival, reminisce with a local radio star, make some local Family Connections, hear football stories from real “Troopers,” and go Full Throttle with “Lites” Leenhouts.

And, be sure to check out the SCCCA Club News, Kings Point News, Military News, Sports, Arts, Faith & Service, and Community News sections to help you plan your month.

Read the April 2022 Issue of The News

Local Lookalikes Run With the Hemingways

Local Lookalikes Run With the Hemingways

Local Lookalikes Run With the HemingwaysBy Kai Rambow “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” – Ernest Hemingway“There might have been some alcohol involved,” recalled Gary Mull.  Mull...

Community Expo Showcases ER at Sun City Center

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Community Expo Showcases ER at Sun City CenterBy Bob Sanchez The ER at Sun City Center hosted a Community Expo to show off the brand-new facility to the public. The free-standing building is an extension of Manatee Memorial Hospital....

5th Annual SCC Relay for Life Surpasses Goal

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August 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

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In this issue… Learn how volunteers here and abroad are helping Ukrainian refugees, meet some local teens investing in our community, catch the raptor show at the Florida Aquarium, celebrate our Independence, raise a nesting pole with the...

Steps in Coral Conservation Celebrated

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Newly out-planted mountainous star coral (Orbicella faveolata) are growing in Biscayne National Park (BNP). This important act of conservation is a direct result of a partnership between The Florida Aquarium and Biscayne National Park. As an important...

July 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

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In this issue… Save the date for SCCCA Family Fun Day, welcome Jeff Parsons to the SCCCA Board, enjoy the beauty of local nesting birds, celebrate a truly great photo exhibit, catch up on local road improvements, remember our veterans as we...

99th Birthday Party at Bob’s Vets

99th Birthday Party at Bob’s Vets

99th Birthday Party at Bob’s Vets

By Diane M. Loeffler

On the morning of December 16, a party was held at Bob Evans Restaurant for Maurice (Mo) Lanouette. Mo’s actual birthday was Saturday, but the Bob’s Vets group decided to honor Lanouette during their weekly breakfast get together on Thursday.

There was a cake, balloons, and a huge birthday card signed by 52 Bobs Vets attendees. Lanouette was presented with congratulatory letters from Vern Buchanan and Governor Ron DeSantis. He also received a framed commendation signed by all Hillsborough County commissioners and a commemorative coin from Mike O’Dell of Veterans Helping Veterans.

Mo Lanouette was born in New Hampshire. He later moved to Louis, Massachusetts. The Army sent him to the Beacon Hotel for basic training. He practiced his drills on the Florida beaches. Mo served as a Supply Technician during WWII. He served in England, France, Germany, Okinawa, Alaska, and Massachusetts. He retired from the military after 20 years of service as a staff sergeant.

Lanouette met his first wife, Molly, in England. After retiring from the Army, they lived in Dunstable, England, where he worked for General Motors.  Lanouette says, “Our house was a ten-minute walk from the bus. The bus trip only cost twenty cents, so I never had a car until I was 62 and was given one by General Motors.”

Lanouette returned to the United States after his wife passed away in 1988 or 1989. He moved to Kings Point in 2001. His second wife, Madelyn, passed away in 2006. In 2016, Joanne Campbell became Lanouette’s caregiver. She took him on an Honor Flight in 2019.

Mo and Molly had two children, a son and a daughter. His son is deceased. His daughter, Diane, lives in England. She flew to Sun City Center to see her father in the Veteran’s Day Parade last year.

Lanouette says, “I have a sister who will be 100 on December 30 and a brother who is 95.” Lanouette also belongs to a coffee group. They meet at McDonalds. He says, “Last birthday my coffee group friends came to my house with a band.”

Congratulations, Mo, on reaching age 99. It certainly would be great to write another article next year when you reach 100!

In the photo: Mo Lanouette and George Tamburello at the Bob Evans.

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Community Expo Showcases ER at Sun City Center

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August 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

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In this issue… Learn how volunteers here and abroad are helping Ukrainian refugees, meet some local teens investing in our community, catch the raptor show at the Florida Aquarium, celebrate our Independence, raise a nesting pole with the...

Steps in Coral Conservation Celebrated

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Newly out-planted mountainous star coral (Orbicella faveolata) are growing in Biscayne National Park (BNP). This important act of conservation is a direct result of a partnership between The Florida Aquarium and Biscayne National Park. As an important...

July 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

July 2022 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Save the date for SCCCA Family Fun Day, welcome Jeff Parsons to the SCCCA Board, enjoy the beauty of local nesting birds, celebrate a truly great photo exhibit, catch up on local road improvements, remember our veterans as we...