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Category: UF/IFAS Extension

Derelict Crab Trap Cleanups Continue in 2022

unloading crab traps from boat

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… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Evaluating JR-CSA Artificial Oyster Substrate to Improve Water Quality

Written by 2021 UF/IFAS NCBS Summer Intern, Grace Hejmanowski Introduction This summer I had the opportunity to work with artificial oyster reefs and water quality in Cedar Key while interning for Dr. Mark Clark at NCBS…. Read More

UF IFAS NCBS: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Update

Since the establishment of NCBS six years ago, scientific outreach, education, and extension have been among the primary priorities of the work of the station. The station has built up staff, volunteers, and facilities to… Read More

Cedar Key Coastal Cleanup 2021

a volunteer holding trash and smiling

Coastal cleanup by the numbers This year, the International Coastal Cleanup was a back in full swing and was a success! At least 140 volunteers braved the rain to remove nearly 2,500 pounds of trash… Read More

A Partnership for PROS: Plastic Free Restoration of Oyster Shorelines

a reef made of reef prisms

We focus a lot on oyster restoration here at the Nature Coast Biological Station and a new project aimed at reducing plastic use in oyster restoration has us excited. This project is called the Partnership… Read More

Mapping propeller scars and charting a course for recovery with drone imagery

scarred seagrass

Guest post authored by Tom Ankersen Seagrass from all angles Florida Sea Grant provides small grant funding opportunities for its specialists, affiliates and agents to collaborate on programming to develop and apply the science, policy… Read More

Water quality monitoring commences in the newly established Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve

Florida’s Aquatic Preserve System The Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection oversees the Aquatic Preserve system. The goal of the Aquatic Preserves is to protect the best of Florida’s submerged areas so current and future generations… Read More

Learn how to restore marine habitats

Coral reef and sponges in the Gulf of Mexico.

Marine habitats Marine habitats such as seagrass meadows, coral reefs, and sponge beds are some of the most threatened on the planet. UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant Extension agents in the Nature Coast work a… Read More

Donor marsh at Duke Energy Mariculture Center making donations!

plants, gloves, and buckets in a marsh

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… Read More