Tag: Oysters

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

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

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

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

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

Spring 2018 Nature Coast Master Naturalist Courses

a shoreline with transplanted marsh grass

A Perfect Backdrop for Learning Florida’s Nature Coast provides an ideal natural classroom. Even the casual onlooker will easily observe diverse ecological interactions. Dolphins feeding along oyster bars, black skimmers flocking along the beach, and white ibis flying… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Testing Coastal Restoration Strategies

NCBS Intern Audrey Batzer walks toward an experimental shoreline site

NCBS Intern Report by: Audrey Batzer, Intern with UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and Dr. Christine Angelini in the UF Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences   Helping test oyster restoration strategies This summer I was lucky enough to… Read More