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unloading crab traps from boat

Derelict Crab Trap Cleanups Continue in 2022


January 6, 2022

by Jamie Hammond and Savanna Barry On Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, partners worked together to remove 52 derelict blue crab traps from the Steinhatchee estuary. They removed a total of 1,120 pounds of debris, continuing a years-long effort ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Cleanup, Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Fisheries, Florida Sea Grant, FWC, InsideNatureCoast, Marine Debris, Pollution, Seagrass

NCBS Intern Report: Evaluating JR-CSA Artificial Oyster Substrate to Improve Water Quality


December 10, 2021

Written by 2021 UF/IFAS NCBS Summer Intern, Grace Hejmanowski Introduction This summer I had the opportunity to work with artificial oyster reefs and water quality in Cedar Key while interning for Dr. Mark Clark at NCBS. I also had the opportunity ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Coastal Habitat, Florida Sea Grant, Living Shoreline, NCBS Interns, Oysters, Restoration, Water Quality
a volunteer holding trash and smiling

Cedar Key Coastal Cleanup 2021


November 12, 2021

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

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Events, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Cedar Key, Cleanup, Coastal Habitat, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Marine Debris, NCBS Volunteers, Plastic
a reef made of reef prisms

A Partnership for PROS: Plastic Free Restoration of Oyster Shorelines


September 3, 2021

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 for Plastic-free Restoration of Oyster ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Applied Research, Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Living Shoreline, Marine Debris, NCBS Volunteers, Oysters, Plastic, Reef Prisms, Restoration, Shoreline Restoration
scarred seagrass

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


July 21, 2021

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 and outreach ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water
Tags: Applied Research, Boating, Citizen Science, Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Fisheries, Fishing, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Recreation, Research, Restoration, Seagrass, Seagrass Scarring

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


June 28, 2021

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 available ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Florida Sea Grant, Laura Reynolds, Nature Coast Biological Station, News, Savanna Barry, Soil And Water Sciences
A boat and the text Scalloping Best Practices

Recreational Scallop Season 2021


June 14, 2021

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 egg hunt is possible ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, Recreation, Water
Tags: Boating, Coastal Habitat, Fisheries, Fishing, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Pledge, Recreation, Scalloping, Seagrass, Seagrass Scarring, Water Quality

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


March 22, 2021

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 can ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, FDEP, Florida Department Of Environmental Protection, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, Recreation, Seagrass, Water Quality
Coral reef and sponges in the Gulf of Mexico.

Learn how to restore marine habitats


March 2, 2021

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 lot on marine habitat restoration ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Events, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Artificial Reef, Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Coral Reef, Florida Master Naturalist Program, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Marine Habitat, Restoration, Seagrass, Sponge, Video
plants, gloves, and buckets in a marsh

Donor marsh at Duke Energy Mariculture Center making donations!


February 16, 2021

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 to plant material. Establishing ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Donor Marsh, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Living Shoreline, Marsh, Restoration, Shoreline Restoration

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