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lionfish under water

A new study outlines the do’s and don’ts of managing invasive lionfish


May 24, 2022

Native to the Indo-Pacific, lionfish cause problems when introduced to areas outside their native range. Two invasions are underway: one in the western Atlantic, and one in the Mediterranean Sea. Now scientists are applying lessons learned ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Invasive Species, NATURAL RESOURCES, Recreation, UF/IFAS Research, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Holden Harris, Lionfish, Nature Coast Biological Station
an underwater photo of a red snapper fish being returned to the ocean after being caught

Prepping for Summer Snapper? Gear Up with Free Release Tools from Return ‘Em Right!


May 3, 2022

Return 'Em Right is launching its program to offshore anglers throughout the Gulf of Mexico today. By participating in a short online review of best practices anglers can receive free release gear valued at $100 to help reef fish survive release. Each ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, UF/IFAS, Wildlife
Tags: Barotrauma, Fishing, Florida Sea Grant, Gulf Of Mexico, Return 'Em Right
Reefscape photo credit Kieran Cox

From ‘boops’ to ‘unks,’ how scientists are using fish sounds to conserve underwater ecosystems


March 2, 2022

Above: If you've ever snorkeled or scuba dived around a reef, chances are you've heard fish making sound. Photo credit: Kieran Cox FishSounds.net is the first online, interactive library for the sounds fish make when communicating ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, NATURAL RESOURCES, UF/IFAS Research, Wildlife
Tags: Audrey Looby, Fisheries And Aquatic Sciences, Nature Coast Biological Station, News, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences

Research helps keep stone crab on your plate for years to come


March 2, 2022

Highlights Demand for Florida stone crab is on the rise with prices at all-time highs. Researchers are working to help crab populations and support the fishery. A recent research study found that traps may not be a source of ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Wildlife
Tags: Fisheries, Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Sea Grant, Food Is Our Middle Name, National Crab Meat Day, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Stone Crab, UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Agents

UF experts: Random mangrove tree-trimming can cause serious damage


February 23, 2022

About three of every four Floridians live along the coast, and mangrove trees often dot waterfront properties. Sometimes owners want to trim the mangroves so they can see the sea better. But the state regulates mangrove trimming. The 1996 ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation
Tags: Ecosystems, Fish, Florida Department Of Environmental Protection, Mangrove Trees, Michael Andreu, Natalia Medina-Irizarry, Pruning, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Storms, Trimming, Wind
a group of students stand on the end of a dock on a lake

Florida Youth Naturalist Program launches statewide


February 22, 2022

A new program is available for young nature enthusiasts interested in learning more about Florida’s environment. Inspired by the Florida Master Naturalist program, this youth program takes kids aged 10 to 13 on a journey through Florida’s ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Curriculum, Forests, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, Wildlife
Tags: 4-H Youth Development, Curriculum, Florida Master Naturalist Program, Florida Sea Grant, Florida Youth Naturalist Program, Nature, Tag/Florida-Youth-Naturalist-Program/, UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore, Youth
two horseshoe crabs spawn, one with an acoustic tag mounted on top of it

New project tracks horseshoe crabs in the Indian River Lagoon, largest nesting site in the state


February 18, 2022

For the first time, horseshoe crabs in the Indian River Lagoon will be tracked with acoustic tags that monitor their movements and behavior. Monitoring animal movement with acoustic tags can provide data that helps manage the ecosystems those ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Wildlife
Tags: Florida Department Of Environmental Protection, Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch, Florida Sea Grant, Horseshoe Crabs, UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County

Holiday feast remix: Shrimp


December 16, 2021

With UF/IFAS Extension and Florida Sea Grant agent Holly Abeels. While most will reach for ham or turkey to serve at their holiday gathering, alternatives like shrimp can be a delicious way to mix up your holiday feast. Shrimp is a healthy, ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Food Safety, Health & Nutrition, UF/IFAS
Tags: Eating, Florida Sea Grant, Food, Healthy Eating, Healthy Meals, Holiday, Holiday Meals, Holidays, Seafood, UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Agents
cartoons of whales jump in and out of a cartoon grid with a commercial fishing boat nearby to simulate the UF/IFAS developed algorithm tracking their movements

Protecting the Pacific’s endangered marine species using artificial intelligence


November 16, 2021

The pelagic ocean covers over 50% of the planet’s surface and many of the species that call it home travel thousands of miles each year, seeking food and suitable nursery grounds. Some of these species end up in your favorite sushi -- like ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research, Wildlife
Tags: #AI, #aiatuf, Artificial Intelligence, Commercial Fishing, Endangered Species, Fisheries, NOAA, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences

Voices of UF/IFAS: Rick O’Connor


November 12, 2021

Name: Rick O’Connor Position: Escambia County Sea Grant Agent Hometown: Pensacola, FL Years with UF/IFAS: 10 Describe your role at UF/IFAS: As the county Sea Grant Agent, I work with my advisory committee, and local stakeholders, to provide ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Coastal And Marine Resources, Florida Master Naturalist Program, Florida Sea Grant, Marine Extension, UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Agents

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