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Category: Coasts & Marine

UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension NOTICE

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information, and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion,… Read More

Northern Gulf Salt Marshes: Vital for Many Reasons

Different plant zones are plainly visible here between cordgrass and needlerush patches.

Franklin County is fortunate to have an abundance of salt marshes fringing our coastal environs. Although this habitat may not receive the appreciation it deserves by those seeking a white-sandy beach, it is intricately linked with many of… Read More

Neither A Sea Turtle nor a River Cooter: Our Special Coastal Terrapin

Most residents of our area have never encountered this beautiful aquatic reptile the Diamondback Coastal Terrapin. Population numbers are small, and they live in a very narrow band of habitat where our coastal salt marshes and sea grass… Read More

Spiders and Springtails Underwater …what’s next?

The oyster spider (Paratheuma insulana) is able to live underwater among the shells of the oyster reef. Photo by Erik Lovestrand

Who would ever imagine spiders living underwater on an oyster reef?  Believe it or not, they do.  The tremendous productivity of our Gulf coastal waters has made them important to humans throughout history. Bivalves such as scallops, clams and… Read More

A Rough 2018 for Mid-Florida Panhandle Seafood Industry: Post- Hurricane Michael

13 mile seafood house totally destroyed after Hurricane Michael

It will be a long time before the memories of Hurricane Michael fade in the mind’s eye of many seafood workers in the Mid-Florida Panhandle. Most people have been made aware of how destructive the storm surge was… Read More