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Mapping propeller scars and charting a course for recovery with drone imagery

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Guest post authored by Tom Ankersen Seagrass from all angles Florida Sea Grant provides small grant funding opportunities for its specialists, affiliates and agents to collaborate on programming to develop and apply the science, policy… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists help preserve Nature Coast, one sample at a time

This summer and fall, UF/IFAS scientists will collect data on water quality and seagrass in the recently created Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, which includes waters off Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties. These data will be… Read More

Genotype, Nursery Design, and Depth Influence the Growth of Staghorn Coral Fragments

Paul Maneval1*, Charles A. Jacoby2, Holden E. Harris3, Thomas K. Frazer4   Motivation Historically, the staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis was a dominant foundation species that provided much of the rugosity and structural complexity on Caribbean… Read More

Recreational Scallop Season 2021

A boat and the text Scalloping Best Practices

Nothing says summer in the Nature Coast like the start of scalloping. Starting tomorrow, June 15th, thousands will splash into the clear water searching through carpets of seagrass for bay scallops. This annual marine Easter… Read More

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

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

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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?

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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