The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a project to deepen two channels approaching the port is about 35 percent complete. Dredging is expected to finish in July 2015.
Divers are collecting corals from a shipping channel off Port Miami in an effort to save them. Plans call for the channel to be deepened to accommodate much bigger ships that soon will pass through a widened Panama Canal.
Two Keys marine dealers pleaded guilty Wednesday for conspiring to harvest and transport marine life.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission researchers have documented male and female pillar corals spawning together in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.