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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

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

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

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

Seagrass restoration success rates revealed by new study

scarred seagrass

Seagrass restoration has a bad rap. Or, at least, recent studies about seagrass restoration report high costs and low success rates. But, much of what we know about seagrass restoration is buried deep in reports… Read More

Seagrass protection initiatives help boaters do their part

a seagrass warning buoy among dense seagrass

A threatened resource Seagrass is one of our most valuable resources in the Nature Coast. From fisheries to water quality, seagrass meadows contribute to productive and beautiful coastal waterways. But, unfortunately, we are losing seagrass… Read More