Buffett to Headline ForEverglades Palm Beach Benefit

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From EvergladesFoundation.org: “Buffett at The Beach! Jimmy Buffett to Headline the 2018 ForEverglades Annual Palm Beach Benefit

The Everglades Foundation is proud to announce that Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will headline its ForEverglades Annual Benefit on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at The Breakers in Palm Beach.

This year’s event will celebrate the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary. It is especially appropriate that Buffett will headline this year’s celebration, having been one of the Foundation’s supporters from the beginning with founders Paul Jones and the late George Barley.

Singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett has become a legend of popular culture as the composer of such classic songs as “Margaritaville,” “Come Monday” and “Cheeseburger In Paradise.” He has recorded over fifty albums, most of which have gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum. His sold-out concert tours are an annual rite of summer for his legions of fans, affectionately known as Parrotheads, many of whom are professionals by day and who dress in spectacular and outrageous tropical outfits and headwear when Jimmy comes to town.

“Jimmy Buffett is a longtime friend and tireless advocate for America’s Everglades. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the stage to help raise awareness for Everglades restoration,” said Eric Eikenberg, Everglades Foundation Chief Executive Officer.

Proceeds from the evening will support the science, education and advocacy of Everglades restoration.

To purchase tables and tickets online please visit www.forevergladespalmbeach.org or call Debbie Fife or Katie Lesser, 212-245-6570, email: everglades@eventassociatesinc.com.

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Our Ocean at Work: Communities at Sea

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Fishing is inexorably linked to coastal communities. And, here on the East Coast many of those have traditions dating back centuries. As the ocean becomes increasingly busy and fish stocks shift with warming waters, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Ocean Plans are actively working to ensure fishermen’s livelihoods, coastal communities and the blue economy can adapt and thrive. A year after those plans were finalized, the plans and data portals are working to ensure coastal communities have a voice in how our ocean is managed.

Never-before-developed data as part of the Mid-Atlantic Data Portal is increasing our understanding of commercial fisheries. Specifically, these innovative maps show Communities at Sea that highlight specific ports, fisheries, and gear type that are important in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean. These maps are based on the methodology developed by Dr. Kevin St. Martin of Rutgers University and are more than two years in the making.

A federal agency staffer, state planner, or anyone interested in fisheries can now click on the open access, Communities at Sea data layers to understand, for example, where gillnetters from a particular port location fish. As any fisherman will tell you, the fish they follow don’t know or care about state boundaries. Fishermen, whose home port is in Newport News, Virginia, are also likely fishing in federal waters off the coast of New York. That means the decisions made off the coast of New York also affect communities and ports in other locations. This tool supports the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Plan and ensures fishermen and the space they occupy on the water are represented in the data and as part of the ocean plan.

As part of the ocean planning process, fishermen also requested that the data portal include maps that highlight the fishery management zones including those for ocean quahogs, surf clams and scallops.

Additional datasets added to the portal use the Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) on board fishing vessels, which tracks vessel movement, to show where commercial fishing activity occurs. Datasets are grouped by specific categories such as scallops, herring or monkfish. This Mid-Atlantic VMS data is used courtesy of Northeast ocean planning colleagues and can be found on both the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Data Portals. Together with the Communities at Sea data sets and fishery management zones, we now have a powerful tool and clearer picture of where important fishing areas are occurring.

The collective value of these maps is extensive. This data can help guide engagement with specific fishing communities when a potential management or permitting process occurs in the waters where they fish. This type of targeted engagement is a step to ensure fishermen have a voice in development activities affecting their fishing grounds and a crucial step to avoid future ocean use conflicts.

Read the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal team’s blog for more information on the methods behind the Communities at Sea data. Also, check out both the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Data Portals for fishing specific data and updates.

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Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2017/12/05/ocean-work-communities-sea/

Our Ocean at Work: A Thoroughly Modern Tool for Ancient Mariners

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Flares of bright green with yellow streaks and intense spots of red and orange lights up a map of blue stretching out from the eastern shore.

This data visualization captures one of the most ancient ways our species has traversed the planet—on ships that carry us across oceans to distant shores.

Each line on the map traces the unique informational “fingerprint” that is a ship’s Automatic Identification System. Since 2002, the U.S. Coast Guard has been using this tracking system to maintain the safety and security for vessels of all kinds in American waters. Today, the AIS system receives over 92 million messages per day from more than 12,700 vessels along America’s coasts and Exclusive Economic Zone. Over the time that this vast volume of data has been collected, it has been recognized as a treasure trove to federal agencies and other ocean users—if it could be integrated into the data portals and other tools that fuel ocean management decisions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

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Thanks to a joint effort with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and the Marine Cadastre team, the Coast Guard tracking data is now publicly available on both the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic  Data Portals. These data portals are a powerful tool allowing for layer upon layer of other data sources to be combined with the Coast Guard data, like wind energy development and the migratory routes of iconic marine wildlife like whales, allowing us to better visualize and anticipate potential conflicts. What emerges is a complex, comprehensive snapshot of ocean uses. Today, the AIS data layer is one of the most-used layers in both the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Data Portals.

Shared data is one of the foundations of successful ocean planning.

Together with innovative management tools and open engagement, it allows diverse ocean users to recognize areas that could spark conflict. Ocean planning allows people across business, industry and conservation to navigate a complex set of parameters to achieve better results.

By having AIS data readily available on the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Data Portals, agencies like the Coast Guard can work with Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and NOAA to avoid potential conflict areas between high-traffic shipping routes and proposed offshore wind development or marine mammals migratory routes.

The AIS data provided by the U.S. Coast Guard and the ability to visualize this data for working with other state and federal agencies demonstrates how ocean planning works. It is just one example of how this cooperative, common-sense approach can balance maritime safety and navigation risks while America’s ocean economy surges ahead.

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Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2017/12/04/ocean-work-thoroughly-modern-tool-ancient-mariners/

The Most Festive Shark There Ever Was?

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The 2017 holiday season is upon us, and no matter where we go, it seems we can’t escape the joyful music, vibrant light displays and perfectly wrapped gift displays alongside shop window setups. Every other commercial on television is about a special sale for this time of year, and Facebook is flooding with fun-filled holiday recipes to try. What you may not have known, though, is that December is chock-full of a spectacular list of other ‘holidays’ as well, countless of which perfectly match the typically festive vibes of the month. For example, December 15th boasts National Cupcake Day, while the 26th day of the month serves as National Thank You Note Day.

Another interesting one? December 4th: National Cookie Day!

Here at Ocean Conservancy, we’re taking this holiday as an opportunity to celebrate one of the least-known but most seasonally apropos creatures of the deep. How, you may ask? Well, while we all love our occasional snickerdoodle or sugar cookie, there’s a specific species of shark that we couldn’t help but think of as ‘National Cookie Day’ rolled around: the cookiecutter shark.

Wait…what’s a cookiecutter shark? Is that even a real thing?

Great question. The answer’s simple, though, and it’s yes!

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Ocean Portal, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History © Jennifer Strotman, Collections Program

All right, let’s start from the beginning. These sharks (their scientific name is Isistius brasiliensis) are rarely seen by people, because they live in the open ocean at depths of up to more 3,000 feet below the surface during the day. What we do see significantly more often, however, are the scars and marks they leave on their prey as a result of a feeding mechanism that has earned them their namesake. While some fear great whites for their sheer size and girth, these tiny predators don’t grow to be more than 22 inches long. What’s alarming here is not their size or ferocious appearance, but their unique method of attack. 

Isistius-brasiliensis-03Isistius-brasiliensis-03 Here’s how it goes. The cookiecutter shark locates its food source (which is typically much heftier in size, like a larger shark, whale or seal) and latches onto its prey. After securely attaching itself, it rotates its body in a full circle, carving out a piece of flesh typically a few inches in diameter. These wounds leave perfectly shaped and very evident scars on the prey, but usually aren’t enough to severely injure the animal. Because of this, cookiecutters are often referred to as a type of parasite, with their prey serving as a host for a short period of time. 

So, while we may see the scars of these sharks on commonly seen coastal marine life, how likely is it that a human being will see a cookiecutter itself in their lifetime? The answer, according to several experts, is honestly not likely at all. Only a couple incidents of cookiecutters biting humans have been recorded in all of history, and their primary residence in deep water far offshore keeps this little shark from ever being one you need to worry about…unless, of course, you’re in a submarine.

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 Evidently, they can be so determined that they’ve been known to attack submarines, leaving marks even in the sides of these sturdy vessels.

When you look at these scars, it wouldn’t be too far off to assume that someone baking cookies mistook a marine animal for a roll of cookie dough! Talk about a fitting name. While definitely pretty creepy, this is one case in particular where nature serves as weird, cool and slightly cute, all at the same time.

Want to learn more about the awesome and sometimes unbelievable wildlife that graces our ocean? Click here to check out our wildlife fact sheets; you just might learn something you never knew before! After all, there’s always something new to learn about our ocean.

Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2017/12/04/festive-shark-ever/

MP3 Leak of the Week: The Ries Brothers

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Our own Brian Glaser would not stop raving about this young duo of brothers who perform music as The Ries Brothers. They just released their first full-length record, The View From The Outside, which was, in part, produced by Ted Bowne of Passafire. We’re giving away their song “Echoing Dream” as we catch up with the duo to discuss the song as we further spotlight this excellent debut record.

You can download The Ries Brothers new song “Echoing Dream,” for FREE, on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday, Dec 9th, 2017.

The Ries Brothers – “Echoing Dream” — Download HERE (on The Pier homepage)

The Ries Brothers – “Echoing Dream” Background:

Since the duo’s inception, they have released 3 EP’s and a Live Concert DVD. Their first full legnth album, The View From The Outside, was released on November 10, 2017. As our own Brian Glaser puts its, “Musically, the album has pretty much anything the listener could ask for. From bluesy and rock-driven guitar riffs, soothing and soaring vocals and reggae-led instrumentals throughout the 13-track effort, the creativity from the breakthrough duo is equally refreshing as impressive.”

It certainly is and to think that one of the two brothers isn’t even 21-years-old yet. The duo consist of brothers Charlie (lead vocals, drums and The Ries Brothers Coverkeyboard bass) and Kevin (lead guitar and backing vocals). “I got into reggae and was immediately inspired by artists like Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid, Nattali Rize, and Stick Figure,” says Kevin. “I was so connected by the lyrics and music of these bands.”

That’s what lead him to writing new song “Echoing Dream.” He continues, telling The Pier: “It was the first song I wrote after spending months and months of listening and studying reggae music… After sitting down and giving it my own shot, I wrote ‘Echoing Dream’ in only 2 writing sessions. This song has a special place in my heart. Everything seemed to flow out as I was writing it.”

The song is inspired by their personal and professional goals in life as Kevin elaborates: “The term, ‘Echoing Dream,’ for me is having something you’ve wanted to do for a while, echo in your mind, and finally following through with a dream that you’ve wanted for a while. I think this is relatable to everyone because we all have huge goals and dreams, and life is too short to not think about even making a run at what you really want to do in life.”

Stick Figure’s own KBong was initially supposed to be featured on the track after jamming with the group at an after-party. The group ultimately decided to keep the song in-house but laid the ground-work for what could be a future connection and collaboration with the Stick Figure guys. “Even talking with KBong about being featured was something I never thought could happen when this song was coming together. We filmed an acoustic version of this song with Sugarshack, and that’s where it was really brought to life. It caught on fast… Its one of our favorite songs to play live and we love seeing the crowd sing the lyrics back to us. That is special.”

You can stream The Ries Brothers new album, The View From The Outside, on all the platforms or own their new album on iTunes by clicking HERE!

Watch: The Ries Brothers – “Echoing Dream” (Live: Sugarshack Sessions)

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The Ries Brothers Background:

The Ries Brothers (pronounced ”Rees”), a duo from Tampa Bay, FL, blend rock, blues, funk, and reggae into a soulful-sophisticated sound. They are comprised of Charlie (lead vocals, drums and keyboard bass) and Kevin (lead guitar and backing vocals), and were tapped at a young age as an up-and-coming artist. In 2013 at the ages of 17 and 14 respectively, the dynamic duo was hand-picked along with 25 other young artists to be featured in the Los Angeles Grammy Museum’s exclusive Music Revolution Project. Since then, they’ve already supported several Billboard artists on tour, including a 10-city run with CHICAGO and a performance at the acclaimed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The duo has long-cited that their sound is derived from many artists, but have mentioned The Beatles is what changed the game for them. The band discussed that on a family vacation to Las Vegas at a younger age found them noticing a Beatles Cirque du Soleil billboard – this led to their folks grabbing them a copy of The Beatles’ Love album at a young age and from there Charlie and Kevin mentioned that “they were hooked” and sparked their love for creating and writing music.

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Huge thanks again to The Ries Brothers for allowing us to share new song “Echoing Dream” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for FREE and spread the awareness to your friends!
Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!

Article By: Mike Patti

Watch: The Ries Brothers – “No Place I’d Rather Be” (ft. Ted Bowne of Passafire)

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Our Ocean at Work: Kicking Things Off

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This is an exciting week for the ocean planning geeks here at Ocean Conservancy. We are kicking off an entire week of blogs highlighting real-world, local examples of how ocean planning is helping our ocean work.

We are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Plans being finalized. We are also noting progress made this year and looking to future success stories on the West Coast and Pacific Islands.

Ocean Conservancy has spent years advocating for smart ocean planning that includes robust data from industries who use the ocean and on important marine ecosystem components. We have worked to ensure everyone from fishermen to shipping companies, scientists, port operators, recreational boaters, surfers and conservation groups all have a voice in this process.

We have come a long way and it’s just the beginning!

We will continue to push for forward progress, however, this week we take a moment to celebrate real success in making the lives of people living and working on the ocean better.

Check back each day for a new example and follow #OurOceanatWork to see all the examples.

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Photos of Buffett with Beach Bum McConaughey

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From the DailyMail.uk: “Double trouble! Matthew McConaughey pretends to smoke joint with Jimmy Buffett as he dances on stage while filming The Beach Bum

And Matthew McConaughey was totally in character as he continued filming scenes for the upcoming film in Miami on Wednesday, pretending to puff away on a fake joint as he stood behind a microphone on stage alongside Jimmy Buffett.

Even Matthew’s co-star, 70, pretended to smoke as well, flashing a relaxed smile as he sat beside the actor beside the beach while holding onto the faux joint.

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Common Kings Drop New Single Amid Grammy Nomination

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Southern, CA’s Common Kings is currently on a tour with Matisyahu where they released a collaborative single aptly titled after their tour with “Broken Crowns.” Now, they just received exciting news that their debut album Lost In Paradise would be 1 of 5 albums nominated by The Grammy’s for Best Reggae Album. If that’s not enough, today they drop a new single titled “Today’s A New Day.”

Common Kings New Single “Today’s A New Day”:

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The song, the group tells The Pier, was completed via emails WeTransfer’s with their brothers Wrek and Bernz of!MayDay¡ who were on tour at the time. As for the song, the ‘Kings explain “With all the negativity and crazy shit happening, we wanted to write something positive. ‘Today’s A New Day’ was inspired in part by the title of our tour with Matisyahu and also about not holding on to yesterday, no matter how good or bad it was. Today is a new day to let go and be better than you were yesterday!”

[Related: Matisyahu Common Kings’ New Single “Broken Crowns”]

The song is officially available to stream or purchase, today and will soon be accompanied by a music video to which the group shares: “The crazy part is when we went to shoot the video for this song, our touring schedules aligned so that we were in the same city and had the same days off — That was pretty dope!”

The timing for a new single releasing the week of your Grammy nomination is also pretty good timing — You can stream it or own it via iTunes by clicking HERE!

Common Kings Nominated for a Grammy!:

When all of the nominees for the 2018 Grammy Awards were announced, Common Kings found themselves in the company of Damian Marley, Chronixx, Morgan Heritage and J Boog for Best Reggae Album. A humbled group tells The Pier: “It’s crazy to think that 6 years ago when we started this journey it was just a dream and a part of our ‘what if’ conversations amongst ourselves… Now we’re here representing our people along side our brother, J Boog — God is good. man!”

As you can imagine, it’s one thing to get the news that your album might be considered, it’s another to actually get that phone-call confirming your nomination. Here’s what the group tells The Pier: “We were in our hotel rooms on a down day in Baker City, Oregon. Our 23658437_10155947854448118_3055565035622327142_nsister and Tour Manager, Stef called us at 5:30am and was crying and screaming, yelling, telling us that we gotten it! We called our wives and families and woke them all up to let them know. Then we called our leader and manager Tautua and started screaming all over again, practically in tears, jumping around our hotel room! It was an epic moment that we are still trippin out on.”

[Related: 2018 Grammy Nominees For Best Reggae Album]

The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place Sunday, January 28, 2018 and air on CBS from 7:30–11 p.m. ET. Common Kings have a show the day before in New Zealand so there’s a sliver of a chance they may be able to make the event. When we asked if there’s one song they hope the world takes away from their album, they replied: “We actually have two songs! ‘Lost In Paradise’ because everybody needs a vacation at some point in time and ‘Always Beside You’ because it’s a reminder that no matter who we are or what our achievements in life may be, we see ourselves as equals in this world, always standing beside you.”

We’ll find out January 28th if their only full-length album takes home The Grammy for Best Reggae Album. In the meantime, you can find Common Kings on tour by clicking HERE!

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Article by: Mike Patti
Photo by: David Norris

Watch: Common Kings – “Mary Wanna”

Listen: Common Kings Matisyahu – “Broken Crowns”

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Video: J Boog – “Good Cry” (ft. Chaka Demus)

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For the second year in a row, J Boog has received a Grammy Nomination for Best Reggae Album with his 11/18/2016 release of Wash House Ting. The album is 14 tracks and includes guest appearances by Gramps Morgan, Buju Banton, Fiji, Chaka Demus and more. Here is the music video for “Good Cry” that was also on J Boog’s Rose Petals EP that was also up for Best Reggae Album last year. The 60th Annual Grammy’s will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 on CBS from 7:30–11 p.m. ET. To read more about the Grammy’s the Best Reggae Album nominees, click HERE! You can stream J Boog’s Wash House Ting or own it via iTunes by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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Buffett with Matthew McConaughey

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From TMZ.com: “Matthew McConaughey Bummin’ Around With Jimmy Buffett!!!“. TMZ has a video of McConaughey with Buffett.

Matthew McConaughey’s just a beach bum these days … who happened to find his way on stage with Jimmy Buffett to dance along to one of his legendary island jams.

The Oscar-winning actor’s in Miami shooting for his upcoming film, “The Beach Bum” … and showed off his groovy moves while Buffett played his hit song, “Volcano,” during one of the scenes.

McConaughey plays a rebellious stoner named Moondog in the Harmony Korine film, and judging by the vid … Moondog’s in paradise when Buffett’s rocking out.
“The Beach Bum” comes out in 2018.

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