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Do I need a descending tool when fishing from my vessel for reef fish in Florida?

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November 20, 2023

Do I need a descending tool on-board when fishing from my vessel for reef fish in Florida?  The answer is YES!  But the regulations are a little different depending upon where you are fishing.  Atlantic Ocean federal waters (3+ nautical ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Barotrauma, Florida Friendly Angler, Florida Sea Grant, Return 'Em Right
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Making the case for managed moorings

Alicia Betancourt, Community and Family Development Extension Agent and County Extension Director for UF/IFAS Extension Monroe County
November 17, 2023

The Florida Keys, with their turquoise waters, vibrant marine life, and stunning coral reefs, have long been a haven for boaters and sailors. This unique and fragile ecosystem holds a treasure trove of natural beauty and wonders. However, ... READ MORE

Category: , Coasts & Marine, Conservation, NATURAL RESOURCES, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Boat Access, Boater Safety, Boating, Boca Chica Basin, Buoys, Coral Reefs, Economic Sustainability, Ecosystem Preservation, Ecotourism, Environmental Impact, Environmental Protection, Florida Keys, Infrastructure Development, Key West, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecology, Marine Resources Management, Maritime Conservation, Monroe County Commission, Mooring Fields, Revenue Generation, Seagrass Beds, Sustainable Boating, Sustainable Development, Tourism, Water Quality

Florida’s Coral Reef: Coral Bleaching and the 2023 Marine Heat Wave

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July 27, 2023

Imagine you are accustomed to eating 2,000 calories per day.  What if your diet was suddenly cut by 85% to only 300 calories per day?  You could survive on 300 calories per day, but for how long?  This is the issue facing the bleached corals ... READ MORE

Category: , Coasts & Marine, NATURAL RESOURCES, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Coral Bleaching, Florida Sea Grant, Florida's Coral Reef, Marine Heat Wave

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