Tag: Florida Sea Grant

Meet the bivalves

Bivalves are mollusks that have a two-part hinged shell which hides the soft-bodied animal inside. Clams, oysters, scallops and mussels are all considered bivalves. Let’s take a closer look at a couple. Bay Scallop Bay scallops (Argopecten irradians)… Read More

Pledge to be a seagrass safe boater!

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?

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

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

Fishermen – Use Best Practices and Assist with Data Collection during Red Snapper Opening

The South Atlantic recreational red snapper mini-season opens this Friday July 12th for two consecutive weekends. This is a great opportunity both for recreational fishermen to bring home a red snapper for dinner (with a bag limit of 1… Read More

Pioneer Snook in the Nature Coast

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

Resources for understanding blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms

Summer is here. Sunshine, high temperatures and drenching rains are what make Florida summers so spectacular. These environmental conditions can also favor spectacular algae blooms. Note: For a quick list of resources related to blue-green algae blooms, just… Read More

Congratulations to the Nature Coast Champions!

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

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