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Category: Natural Resources

Shellfish may improve water quality in north Florida estuary

A protected estuary in north Florida comprised of the Guana Lake and Guana River is showing signs of pollution. Home to incredibly rich marshes, mounds of mussels and live oyster reefs, scientists are hoping shellfish might be a… Read More

Support local UF programs this Giving Day, Feb. 18

Highlights Support Polk County Agri-Fest by visiting https://givingday.ufl.edu/campaigns/polk-county-extension#/ Residents throughout Florida can support the University of Florida by donating on Gator Giving Day, Feb. 18 Gifts support local UF/IFAS Extension offices, research centers, teaching, and more   Floridians… Read More

Scientists collaborate with Duke Energy to tag snook to learn more about winter survival and migration patterns

Snook, a prized game fish, have been moving farther north in the Gulf of Mexico during the last few decades as hard freezes become less frequent Researchers have tagged 20 snook to track their movements during the winter… Read More

Donor marsh at Duke Energy Mariculture Center making donations!

In 2018, we worked with Duke Energy’s Mariculture Center in Crystal River to establish a large salt marsh nursery in one of their culture ponds. We needed the donor marsh because habitat restoration requires access to plant material…. Read More

What Is Happening With the Proposal for the Chinese Tallow Tree (Triadica sebifera) Insect Release?

Currently, a proposal developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ), Pests, Pathogens, and Biocontrol Permits (PPBP) is being reviewed to issue permits to release two… Read More