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Derelict Crab Trap Cleanups Continue in 2022


January 6, 2022

by Jamie Hammond and Savanna Barry On Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, partners worked together to remove 52 derelict blue crab traps from the Steinhatchee estuary. They removed a total of 1,120 pounds of debris, continuing a years-long effort ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Cleanup, Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Fisheries, Florida Sea Grant, FWC, InsideNatureCoast, Marine Debris, Pollution, Seagrass
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Cedar Key Coastal Cleanup 2021


November 12, 2021

Coastal cleanup by the numbers This year, the International Coastal Cleanup was a back in full swing and was a success! At least 140 volunteers braved the rain to remove nearly 2,500 pounds of trash from local shorelines. This is similar to ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Events, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Cedar Key, Cleanup, Coastal Habitat, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Marine Debris, NCBS Volunteers, Plastic
A boat and the text Scalloping Best Practices

Recreational Scallop Season 2021


June 14, 2021

Nothing says summer in the Nature Coast like the start of scalloping. Starting tomorrow, June 15th, thousands will splash into the clear water searching through carpets of seagrass for bay scallops. This annual marine Easter egg hunt is possible ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, Recreation, Water
Tags: Boating, Coastal Habitat, Fisheries, Fishing, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Pledge, Recreation, Scalloping, Seagrass, Seagrass Scarring, Water Quality
Coral reef and sponges in the Gulf of Mexico.

Learn how to restore marine habitats


March 2, 2021

Marine habitats Marine habitats such as seagrass meadows, coral reefs, and sponge beds are some of the most threatened on the planet. UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant Extension agents in the Nature Coast work a lot on marine habitat restoration ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Events, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Artificial Reef, Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Coral Reef, Florida Master Naturalist Program, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Marine Habitat, Restoration, Seagrass, Sponge
plants, gloves, and buckets in a marsh

Donor marsh at Duke Energy Mariculture Center making donations!


February 16, 2021

In 2018, we worked with Duke Energy’s Mariculture Center in Crystal River to establish a large salt marsh nursery in one of their culture ponds. We needed the donor marsh because habitat restoration requires access to plant material. Establishing ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Donor Marsh, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Living Shoreline, Marsh, Restoration, Shoreline Restoration
seafood dishes and program logo

Baked Seatrout with Pesto Pine Nut Topping: Florida Seafood at your Fingertips LIVE!


November 11, 2020

Spotted seatrout! The recipe below uses wild-caught spotted seatrout, a fish commonly targeted by inshore anglers. There is only a small commercial fishery for seatrout in Florida, so it might be tough to find in seafood markets. You can substitute ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Events, Health & Nutrition, Natural Resources, Water, Work & Life
Tags: Cooking, Cooking Demonstration, Fishing, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Recipe, Seafood, Seafood At Your Fingertips, Seafood At Your Fingertips LIVE, Spotted Seatrout

Catch the Nature Coast Currents


August 21, 2020

Since our ribbon cutting in 2017, the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station has hosted annual Open House events. Our staff looked forward to it every year as a valuable chance to chat about our work. This year, we are not letting the pandemic ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Events, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Applied Research, Cedar Key, Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Ecosystem Models, Fisheries, Fisheries Management, Fishing, FWC, InsideNatureCoast, Living Shoreline, Lone Cabbage Reef, Marsh, NCBS Graduate Students, Oysters, Research, Restoration, Seagrass, Shoreline Restoration, Snook, Suwannee River, Virtual Learning, Water Quality

Coastal job available: Oyster reef monitoring technician


July 31, 2020

About the job Temporary OPS field technician positions are available to help with monitoring activities associated with the Lone Cabbage Reef oyster restoration project. The position involves assisting the research coordinator and graduate ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Research, Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Applied Research, Cedar Key, Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Fisheries, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Living Shoreline, Oysters, Research, Restoration, Suwannee River, Water Quality

Fish with a Florida Friendly Fishing Guide


July 27, 2020

Fishing with guides Fishing is a great pastime and Florida is a great place to do it! Each year, millions of anglers visit the state’s waters to take part in the fun. Recreational fishing is a major part of our tourism economy. Generally, ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Fisheries, Fishing, Fishing Guide, Florida Sea Grant, FWC, InsideNatureCoast, Recreation
Nature Coast Water Watch logo and water background

Water Watch comes to Horseshoe Beach


June 8, 2020

Today is World Oceans Day (June 8th, 2020) and in the spirit of the day I want to recognize two very ocean-oriented volunteers: Janis and Dennis Daly. The Dalys volunteer for many coastal volunteer programs, including Florida Horseshoe Crab ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Citizen Science, Coastal Systems, InsideNatureCoast, Research, Suwannee River, Water Quality

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