Category: Coasts & Marine

Seagrass protection initiatives help boaters do their part

a seagrass warning buoy among dense seagrass

A threatened resource Seagrass is one of our most valuable resources in the Nature Coast. From fisheries to water quality, seagrass meadows contribute to productive and beautiful coastal waterways. But, unfortunately, we are losing seagrass in many areas… Read More

New study aims to improve management and harvest practices in the Florida Stone Crab Fishery

Written by David Chagaris, PhD. Research Assistant Professor at UF IFAS NCBS.    The Florida stone crab fishery operates primarily along the Gulf coast from Cedar Key to southwest Florida and the Florida Keys. The fishery is one of the most valuable… Read More

Become a Florida Friendly Fishing Guide

Catching and taking fin clippings from snook fish off of Hernando Beach for UF/IFAS Sea Grant research with Becca Burton, Hernando County Extension agent Brittany Scharf, and Emma Pistole of the Nature Coast Biological Station on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Did you know that small boat captain licenses in Florida increased 27% since 2009? This rapid growth in the for-hire fishing guide sector speaks to the vast popularity of recreational fishing in Florida. It can be difficult to… Read More

2019 Cedar Key Coastal Cleanup

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Please join us for a fun-filled day of helping our coast! The International Coastal Cleanup is an annual event organized by the Ocean Conservancy – the Cedar Key community has been participating for over 10 years! Please come… Read More

NCBS Oyster Habitat Project Update

Reef ball monitoring

Last year, we installed several habitat enhancement measures around the seawall at the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. Among other things, we increased the habitat complexity in front of the seawall. We did this by adding limerock boulders… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Finding the Cedar Key Salt Marsh Vole

Written by 2019 Summer Intern Camila Leon, with host Robert McCleery from UF IFAS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Introduction I was fortunate enough to work with Dr. McCleery and Dr. Taillie’s project for the Nature Coast Biological Station’s… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Water Quality Monitoring and Mangrove Migration

Written by 2019 Summer Intern Juliana Navarro, with host Darlene Velez from the Suwanee River Water Management District   The Suwanee River Water Management District’s motto is “Water for Nature, Water for People.” The Real Florida Florida’s water… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Fisheries Independent Monitoring – Marine Research

Written by 2019 Summer Intern Shea Husband, with host Caleb Purtlebaugh from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission   Introduction My name is Shea Husband and this summer I worked with Florida Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Independent Monitoring… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Shellfish Restoration and Extension

Written by 2019 Summer Intern Samantha Hoskins, with host Peter Frederick from UF IFAS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Prior to this internship, I associated oysters with the wealthy bourgeoisie— people who owned beachfront property and ate oysters on ice… Read More