Category: Water

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

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 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: Seagrass Monitoring & Assessment

Written by 2019 Summer Intern William Ware, with hosts Tim Jones and Jamie Letendre from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection    Imagine that you are boarding an airboat on a gravel boat ramp, a government truck launches you… 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: 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

Healing scars: restoration of shallow seagrass banks

scarred seagrass

Experienced inshore boaters are all too familiar with the common sight of scarred seagrass. Seagrass meadows, located in shallow coastal waters, are vulnerable to damage by props, hulls, and anchors. The Nature Coast is especially vulnerable to scarring… Read More

Pioneer Snook in the Nature Coast

snook being measured

What are pioneer snook? Common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) are a highly sought-after sport fish found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.  Lately, anglers are catching many more snook in the Nature… Read More

Recreational Scalloping Season 2019

Scallops nestled in seagrass

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