Tag: Florida Sea Grant

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

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

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

Congratulations to the Nature Coast Champions!

Nature Coast Champion Award Plaques

We are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural class of the Nature Coast Champion award! The Nature Coast Champion is a new award program initiated by the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. The awards recognize people… 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

Follow the Big Bend Shellfish Trail

Big Bend Shellfish Trail signs in Steinhatchee

  Shellfish in Florida’s Big Bend Shellfish harvest and consumption in Florida is an important facet of the maritime heritage of many coastal towns. The Florida Big Bend has several towns that still harbor local shellfish fisheries. These… Read More

2018 Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch Summary

horseshoe crabs nesting on a beach

Dedicated volunteers drive the program Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch (FHCW) is a citizen science program that is quickly becoming established along Florida’s coast. The fall 2018 sampling season (Sept-Oct 2018) was the 6th round of horseshoe crab nesting… Read More