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Category: Coasts & Marine

Protecting the Pacific’s endangered marine species using artificial intelligence

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

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… Read More

UF/IFAS awarded grant to boost shellfish aquaculture industry, water quality initiatives

image - hands holding clams after harvesting. Credit Tyler Jones

University of Florida scientists hope to boost the shellfish aquaculture industry severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Scientists will use a $100,000 grant awarded by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to capture statewide data needed from… Read More

Voices of UF/IFAS: Rick O’Connor

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… Read More

Fish tracking data has more to offer, new research says

For years, researchers have used tracking devices to monitor fish movements and growth in this area of study is exponential, researchers say. But this growing data base has not yet been effectively integrated into conservation… Read More

Communicating relevant, real-time red tide events, Florida Sea Grant report explains

When it comes to knowing when and where red tides are taking place, communication is key to residents, tourists, businesses, news media and legislators. Florida red tide, a naturally occurring event in the Gulf of… Read More

UF economic report details select marine industry and tourism impacts from 2018 red tide event

image - FWC courtesy drone view of Red Tide along Florida's coast

A survey on the 2018 red tide event was conducted in 2020 for those in marine-dependent industries operating out of Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. Charter/for-hire businesses that responded to… Read More

Citizen science projects make a difference for wildlife, study finds

When public interest is high and funding is limited, researchers can rely on citizens to help them measure wildlife populations, research finds. UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant scientists used the horseshoe crab citizen science project,… Read More

Scalloping, be safe and protect wildlife: Tips from UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant experts

snorkeling mask, fins and scallops on a boat overlooking the water

As boaters across the state take to Florida’s coast to scallop, UF/IFAS Extension and Florida Sea Grant agents ask enthusiasts to keep these tips in mind for a safe, fun and sustainable trip. Scallops are… Read More