Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch Spring 2018 Summary

horseshoe crabs nesting on a beach

Program Status Update We are in the midst of a very exciting time for Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch! This spring, we trained coordinators for at least 10 new sampling areas during three training workshops and site visits. Folks… Read More

Fight the global takeover of plastic

Plastic debris in the environment. Source: Zero Waste Gainesville

Making history, in a bad way For the first time in the more than 30-year history of the International Coastal Cleanup, the top 10 most common trash items collected in 2017 were ALL PLASTIC. According to an Ocean… 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

Donor Marsh at Duke Energy

volunteers plant marsh grasses at the donor marsh

The problem Habitat loss is a huge problem along the Gulf on Mexico coast. Many groups are attempting to address habitat loss via restoration. Restored habitats include marshes, oyster and coral reefs, and dunes. However, restoration requires access… Read More

New research on seagrass resilience in the Nature Coast

a diver studies seagrass

Seagrass in the Nature Coast Seagrasses are flowering, marine plants with fully developed leaves, roots, and rhizomes. Seagrasses support many valuable ecosystem functions such as improving water clarity and providing  habitat. Along Florida’s Nature Coast, the size and… Read More

Coastal Water Watch in Cedar Key

Nature Coast Water Watch logo and water background

What is Water Watch? Water Watch is a statewide program that trains citizen scientist volunteers to measure water quality along Florida’s coasts. In Cedar Key, the Water Watch program is a partnership with Florida LAKEWATCH. In Florida, LAKEWATCH volunteers… Read More