Category: UF/IFAS Extension

What’s going on along Cedar Key’s shorelines?

A fyke net captures organisms as they flee from the marsh on a falling tide

Coastal change is obvious along Cedar Key’s shorelines. One of the most noticeable changes is rapid erosion along the shorelines of Daughtry Bayou. Erosion is a natural process in coastal ecosystems but becomes an issue when it threatens… Read More

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

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

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: 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

Pledge to be a seagrass safe boater!

take the seagrass scarring pledge

Seagrass safe boating Summer boating season is in full swing! In my mind, almost nothing beats a beautiful day on the water. Florida has plenty of gorgeous coastal areas for boating, but boat traffic can take a toll… Read More

What’s new with Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch?

horseshoe crabs nesting on a beach

An ever-expanding volunteer base Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch (FHCW) is a citizen science program established along Florida’s coast in 2015. The spring 2019 sampling season (Mar-Apr 2019) was the 7th round of horseshoe crab nesting surveys and tagging… 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