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Category: UF/IFAS Extension

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

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

Fish with a Florida Friendly Fishing Guide

Fishing with guides Fishing is a great pastime and Florida is a great place to do it! Each year, millions of anglers visit the state’s waters to take part in the fun. Recreational fishing is… Read More

Simply Delish Scallops: Florida Seafood at your Fingertips LIVE

seafood dishes and program logo

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)…. Read More

Water Watch comes to Horseshoe Beach

Nature Coast Water Watch logo and water background

Today is World Oceans Day (June 8th, 2020) and in the spirit of the day I want to recognize two very ocean-oriented volunteers: Janis and Dennis Daly. The Dalys volunteer for many coastal volunteer programs,… Read More

Recreational Scalloping Season 2020

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… Read More

Virtual training for Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch now live!

Living fossils, online! It’s clear that people love horseshoe crabs all over the state! The Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch citizen science program is strong and growing rapidly statewide. Unfortunately, we had to cancel or postpone… Read More