Category: Coasts & Marine

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

ACF Water War Update: US Supreme Court Rules on Florida v. Georgia

If you have not seen the news yet, the US Supreme Court provided a ruling on June 27, 2018 regarding the decades-long conflict between Florida and Georgia over water use in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint tri-state river basin. Guess what;… Read More