Florida's newest Aquatic Preserve, the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve (NCAP), is about to reach an important milestone. Since designation in 2020, managers and staff at Florida's Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) have worked hard ... READ MORE
Since the establishment of NCBS six years ago, scientific outreach, education, and extension have been among the primary priorities of the work of the station. The station has built up staff, volunteers, and facilities to communicate and educate ... READ MORE
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
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
A growing demand for living shorelines
Living shorelines are softer, greener alternatives to stabilize shorelines from erosion, sea level rise, and other damage. They protect, restore, or enhance natural shoreline habitat and maintain ... READ MORE
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
Please help us help the coast!
The International Coastal Cleanup is an annual event organized by the Ocean Conservancy. The Cedar Key community has been participating for 15 years! Please come out and join us for the cleanup from 8 AM - 12 ... READ MORE
Nature Coast Currents 2022-2023
We are pleased to announce registration is open for the 2022-2023 webinar series, Nature Coast Currents! This free monthly webinar is designed to publicly communicate the results of the newest science and research ... READ MORE
Scallops - get yours!
The recipe below uses locally harvested bay scallops from Florida's Nature Coast. There is no commercial fishery for bay scallops in Florida (meaning local bay scallops are not sold in stores). So, if you want to use local ... READ MORE
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 boating ... READ MORE