Category: Coasts & Marine

Fishing Guides Can Now Be Certified as Environmentally Friendly

Fishing is big business in Florida, contributing several billion dollars each year to the state’s economy. Fishing guides are an important part of that industry, providing locals and tourists with authentic Florida fishing experiences. Anglers who want to… Read More

UF/IFAS, United States Coast Guard Take Steps to Bridging the Gap During Disaster Recovery

DAVIE, Fla. — History has shown us that in times of crisis, there is strength in numbers. Take the roles of UF/IFAS Extension Florida Sea Grant agents and the United States Coast Guard members for instance. As members… Read More

New UF-Led Study Finds Bacterial Similarities Among Diseased Coral Species

By Mike Loizzo GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In 2014, an unprecedented disease outbreak affecting the soft tissue of many species of stony coral was first detected in Florida. Since then, stony coral tissue loss disease has been identified in… Read More

Join beach cleanups this Saturday during International Coastal Cleanup

By Rhett Register GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This weekend is the 34th annual International Coastal Cleanup, an effort by coastal communities to remove trash from their beaches and coastal areas. Created and run by The Ocean Conservancy, a national… Read More

UF Student Wins Scholarship to Find Solutions to Seagrass Loss

Right now, in a University of Florida marine science lab in Cedar Key, Florida, about 40 sea urchins are chowing down on their food of choice — seagrass. Jamila Roth, an interdisciplinary ecology student in the UF/IFAS College… Read More

Five Florida Students to Participate in National Coastal Policy Fellowship

By Rhett Register GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Five graduate students from across the state, including two from the University of Florida, were recently named finalists for a prestigious national fellowship focusing on marine science and policy. The John A…. Read More

Preventing Summer Slide Made Easy: How Youth Engaged in UF/IFAS 4-H Marine Science Camp

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — We all look forward to summer vacation. It’s when many families take time to make the most of their adventures without having to worry about school projects, tests and homework. The downside of… Read More

Climate Change Will Mean Mass Movement of Wildlife — How Scientists Say We Can Prepare

When polar bears began showing up in Russian Siberia this year, experts suggested climate change may be a cause. Higher temperatures were melting ice in the Arctic, which polar bears rely on to hunt. The hungry bears had… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Nature Coast Master Gardeners Project Receives International Recognition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s climate supports the growth of all varieties of plants, from native to exotic species. But University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences experts have long worked to educate the public on identifying… Read More

June 1 is World Reef Awareness Day, Citizen Scientists See the Habitats’ Importance First-Hand

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Worldwide, coral reefs comprise less than 1% of the ocean floor, and yet they provide habitat for around 25% of the world’s marine fish species. Corals are also sensitive living organisms threatened by diseases, temperature… Read More