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Category: Natural Resources

Florida Friendly Fishing Guide Certification

Fishing is big business in Florida, contributing billions of dollars each year to the state’s economy.  Fishing guides are an important part of the fishing industry, providing locals and tourists alike with authentic Florida fishing experiences and memories… Read More

New Federal South Atlantic Fishing Regulations: Descending Device Required On-Board

Beginning July 15, 2020 all recreational, commercial, and for-hire vessels will be required to have a working descending device on-board and readily available when fishing for any of the fish in the snapper-grouper fishery management unit in federal… Read More

Termite Swarms

With the start of rainy season upon us, it also means residents will begin to see termite swarms, specifically West Indian drywood termites (Cryptotermes brevis). Here in the Florida Keys we have two economically damaging termites, Asian subterranean… Read More

Everglades Tomato-A Summer Tomato for the Keys

Heirloom tomato variations

Also known locally as wild tomato or currant tomato, the Everglades tomato is a wonder for gardeners in the Florida Keys. The tomato blooms and fruits all year long, is tolerant of our alkaline soil, brackish water, salt… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

This Thanksgiving: Waste Not!

Thanksgiving Day feast, lakeside

The Farm Bureau’s annual Thanksgiving price survey estimates that Thanksgiving Day accounts for $282 million of uneaten turkeys that end up in the trash. Added to our overall food consumption, we throw away 34 million tons of food… Read More

Florida Keys Plant Clinics

Beneficial Robber fly

Each month, Monroe County Extension Service hosts numerous plant clinics throughout the Florida Keys. This is an opportunity for residents to bring in plant or insect samples for identification, ask questions about what to grow here in zone… Read More

Attracting Birds in the Keys

Tickseed species

Here in the beautiful Florida Keys, we have no shortage of tidal shoreline and coastal landscapes, in addition to some unique natural habitats. This provides a fantastic opportunity to observe many of nature’s beautiful creatures. Especially this time… Read More