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Category: Coasts & Marine

Water quality monitoring commences in the newly established Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve

Florida’s Aquatic Preserve System The Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection oversees the Aquatic Preserve system. The goal of the Aquatic Preserves is to protect the best of Florida’s submerged areas so current and future generations… Read More

Learn how to restore marine habitats

Coral reef and sponges in the Gulf of Mexico.

Marine habitats 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… Read More

Donor marsh at Duke Energy Mariculture Center making donations!

plants, gloves, and buckets in a marsh

In 2018, we worked with Duke Energy’s Mariculture Center in Crystal River to establish a large salt marsh nursery in one of their culture ponds. We needed the donor marsh because habitat restoration requires access… Read More

Living Shorelines for Marine Contractors – Virtual Course this Month!!

two machines work along a shoreline

  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 coastal… Read More

Baked Seatrout with Pesto Pine Nut Topping: Florida Seafood at your Fingertips LIVE!

seafood dishes and program logo

Spotted seatrout! 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… Read More

Science for the Covid Era: Adaptability in environmental restoration, research, and life

Written by Ashley McDonald, Biological Scientist at UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station Aquatic plant restoration has been an imperative goal for the rehabilitation of a number of Florida’s lakes and springs, which have experienced ecological… Read More

Diving into sea urchin feeding behavior: which seagrass plant is the tastiest and why?

sea urchin

Written by Jamila Roth, a Ph.D. student in UF/IFAS School of Natural Resources and Environment   Sea urchins are marine invertebrates that look like spiny pin cushions. They live in coastal areas and eat large amounts… Read More

Catch the Nature Coast Currents

Since our ribbon cutting in 2017, the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station has hosted annual Open House events. Our staff looked forward to it every year as a valuable chance to chat about our work…. Read More

If you build it, oysters will come

checking out oysters and reef balls

Globally, oyster reefs are in free-fall. Disappearing faster than we can restore them, oyster reefs are one of the most threatened habitats on the planet. They are also one of the most valuable. Oysters create… Read More