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Derelict Crab Trap Cleanups Continue in 2022

by Jamie Hammond and Savanna Barry On Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, partners worked together to remove 52 derelict blue crab traps from the Steinhatchee estuary. They removed a total of 1,120 pounds of debris, continuing a years-long effort… Read More

SWFWMD, FWC, UF launch shocking snook study in King’s Bay

Written by Buster Thompson, Chronicle Reporter Anglers fish with hooks, lines, and sinkers to get their catch of the day. Biologists on the other hand use electrofishing to stun and collect their wild specimens, and state scientists needed… Read More

Ready for Scallop Season? Take Your Marks, Get Set, GO!!!

What are scallops?  Scallops are bivalve mollusks that live in shallow waters close to shore along Florida’s Gulf Coast, from Pensacola to the Florida Keys, and have a characteristic 40 blue eyes along the shell borders. They are… Read More

Scallops after the season

What happens after Scallop season Scallop season deals with different challenges, including penny-sized scallops, rain (a lot of it in the last years), bad weather, storms, hurricane warnings and landings, flooded rivers, sea urchins, inexperienced boaters, heat, a… Read More

Seagrass, sea urchin and scallop survey in Taylor County

Assessing the condition of seagrass, sea urchins, and scallops The UF/IFAS Extension Agent and a certified scientific volunteer diver visited the area between Piney Point and Grassy Island to assess the condition of seagrass, sea urchins (https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/codes/food-bait-invertebrates/variable-urchin/) and… Read More

Fighting the tegu spread, protecting Florida’s wildlife, natural areas through sustained multiagency efforts

Argentine black and white tegus are one of the largest non-native invasive lizard species posing a significant threat to the biodiversity and ecological integrity of Florida’s natural areas. As omnivores that eat fruits, vegetables, insects, small animals including… Read More

Fish of Florida: Atlantic Tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis) Species Profile

Atlantic Tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis Florida State Record: 40 lbs 13 oz, Ft. Pierce 1998 IGFA World Record: 42 lbs 5 oz, South Africa 1989 For most current tripletail regulations in the Florida please check out this FWC page, for Gulf… Read More

New FWC draft rule will allow for harvest of Goliath grouper

By Ana Zangroniz and Angela Collins, Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent, Manatee County The October 6th meeting of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) ended with a new draft proposed rule: the permission for a limited harvest… Read More

Communicating relevant, real-time red tide events, Florida Sea Grant report explains

When it comes to knowing when and where red tides are taking place, communication is key to residents, tourists, businesses, news media and legislators. Florida red tide, a naturally occurring event in the Gulf of Mexico, is caused… Read More