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Maximizing Fish Habitat Through Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration

Written by Audrey Looby, Ph.D. student, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Over the past three years, I have been spent days trying and at times failing to catch fish on a lake or watching videos of… Read More

Measuring the effects of seagrass species diversity in Crystal River, Florida

Written by Jamila Roth, Ph.D. student, UF/IFAS School of Natural Resources and Environment This summer, I spent many sunny hours on the small island of Sandy Hook in Crystal River, FL, where I was conducting… Read More

A Partnership for PROS: Plastic Free Restoration of Oyster Shorelines

a reef made of reef prisms

We focus a lot on oyster restoration here at the Nature Coast Biological Station and a new project aimed at reducing plastic use in oyster restoration has us excited. This project is called the Partnership… Read More

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

scarred seagrass

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

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

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

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