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Category: Recreation

Recreational Scalloping Season 2020

Recreational bay scallop season is quickly approaching! Thousands of residents and visitors will flock to the shallow coastal areas of Florida’s Big Bend to go scalloping and seek out their limit of the sweet and tasty meat. Recreational… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/15/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… 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

Z-Man® Pledges Support of Essential Marine Research

Thu, Aug 15th, 2019 12:00:00 am  For the people behind the phenomenal fish-catching baits at Z-Man Fishing Products, taking caring of the fish and their habitat has always been a primary priority. “Over the years, Z-Man chairman Jonathan Zucker and I… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Manatee Monitoring

Written by 2019 Intern Connor Milton, with Joyce Kleen from the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. My name is Connor Milton and this past winter I interned at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. My research included monitoring interactions… 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

Follow the Big Bend Shellfish Trail

Big Bend Shellfish Trail signs in Steinhatchee

  Shellfish in Florida’s Big Bend Shellfish harvest and consumption in Florida is an important facet of the maritime heritage of many coastal towns. The Florida Big Bend has several towns that still harbor local shellfish fisheries. These… Read More

The making of an oyster reef

Almost 90% of the oyster reefs historically present along the Big Bend of Florida have been lost in recent decades. This is a tragic loss for the coastal zone, given the high value of oyster reefs for coastal… Read More