Tag: coastal habitat

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

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

Living Shoreline Master Plan for Cedar Key

shoreline with transplanted marsh grass that will grow into a living shoreline

Living Shoreline Guidance at a Local Scale In recent years, sea-level rise, erosion, and loss of habitat around Cedar Key have become increasing concerns. Homeowners and land managers should critically evaluate how “gray” a shoreline erosion solution really… Read More

Water Relations of an Insular Population of Florida Cottonmouth Snakes

Written by Mark Sandfoss with the UF Department of Biology Seahorse Key (SHK) is a continental island near coastal Florida that lacks permanent sources of fresh water and is inhabited by a large population of Florida Cottonmouth snakes, Agkistrodon conanti…. Read More

Big year at Cedar Key Coastal Cleanup cause for concern?

a straw floats in algae

Right now, Hurricane Michael is barreling toward northwest Florida. Rightly so, the #1 priority for people is to prepare their home and business and stay safe. I evacuated my office earlier today and am sitting safe in Gainesville,… Read More

Redeeming a seawall

seawall with reef balls in front at the UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station

Shoreline armoring Most Floridians already know about the loss and degradation of our coastal habitats. One of the major causes of coastal habitat loss is shoreline armoring. Shoreline armoring, or hardening, occurs when seawalls, bulkheads, and large rocks… Read More

2018 Cedar Key Coastal Cleanup

Please join us for a fun-filled day of helping our coast! The International Coastal Cleanup is an annual event organized by the Ocean Conservancy – the Cedar Key community has been participating for over 10 years! Please come… Read More

How are we doing after 50+ years of oyster restoration in the US?

Oyster beds off of the coast of Cedar Key, Florida.

If you are like me, you have heard a lot of buzz lately about oyster restoration efforts. But did you know that oyster restoration has been going on in the United States since at least 1964? What have… Read More

New Recreational Scalloping Resource

A boat and the text Scalloping Best Practices

Scalloping – From the Boat to Your Plate Scallop season is still going strong in the Nature Coast! But did you know there is a lot more to scalloping than just finding the scallops? There’s a lot to… Read More