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Category: Coasts & Marine

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

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

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

Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch Summary 2017

Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch

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 2017 sampling season (Sept-Oct 2017) was the 4th round of horseshoe crab nesting… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Paddle Guides for Saltwater Fishing off Cedar Key

NCBS Intern Report by: Will Wolfson, Intern with UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Creating Self-Guided Paddle Guides for Fishing in the Nature Coast In the summer of 2017, I was hired… Read More