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New guided tours help you follow the Big Bend Shellfish Trail


March 9, 2022

Big Bend Shellfish Trail Florida's Big Bend is one of the last places in Florida with wide swaths of undeveloped coastline. Here, natural shorelines mix with abundant wildlife and clean water to produce amazing visitor experiences. But, many ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, Recreation
Tags: Fisheries, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Oysters, Scalloping, Seafood, Suwannee River, Tourism
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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
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Ready for Scallop Season? Take Your Marks, Get Set, GO!!!


November 15, 2021

What are scallops? Scallops are bivalve mollusks that live in shallow waters close to shore along Florida's Gulf Coast, from Pensacola to the Florida Keys, and have a characteristic 40 blue eyes along the shell borders. They are quick swimmers ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, Wildlife
Tags: #BayScallop, #BigBendSeagrassAquaticPreserve, #FloridaSeaGrant, #MarineScience, #RecreationalFishing, #SafetyBoating, #TaylorCounty, FWC, Scallop, Seagrass

Where is the Seagrass?


November 15, 2021

Where is the Seagrass? The Extension Office has received several calls from boaters with a concern about the changes in large seagrass areas that seem to be “gone”, showing only sandy patches where it used to be a good seagrass ground. ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: #BigBendSeagrassAquaticPreserve, #FloridaSeaGrant, #Habitat, #MarineScience, #NatureCoast, #TaylorCounty, #turtlegrass, Seagrass
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Is the red tide a current threat to Taylor County waters?


November 15, 2021

Is the red tide a current threat to Taylor County waters? The most accurate short answer is perhaps no. Red tide is a phenomenon caused by the blooming of toxic microalgae known as Karenia brevis. Which not only accumulates in filter-feeding ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: #BigBendSeagrassAquaticPreserve, #FloridaSeaGrant, #MarineScience, #RedTide, #TaylorCounty, #WaterQuality, Fishing
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Scallops after the season


November 15, 2021

What happens after Scallop season Scallop season deals with different challenges, including penny-sized scallops, rain (a lot of it in the last years), bad weather, storms, hurricane warnings and landings, flooded rivers, sea urchins, inexperienced ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: #BayScallop, #BigBend, #BigBendSeagrassAquaticPreserve, #Divers, #FloridaSeaGrant, #MarineScience, #NatureCoast, #RecreationalFishing, #ScallopCount, #Scallopseason, #TaylorCounty, FWC, Scallop, Seagrass, Volunteer
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Seagrass, sea urchin and scallop survey in Taylor County


November 15, 2021

Assessing the condition of seagrass, sea urchins, and scallops The UF/IFAS Extension Agent and a certified scientific volunteer diver visited the area between Piney Point and Grassy Island to assess the condition of seagrass, sea urchins (https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/codes/food-bait-invertebrates/variable-urchin/) ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: #BayScallop, #BigBendSeagrassAquaticPreserve, #FDEP, #FloridaSeaGrant, #Habitat, #MarineScience, #NatureCoast, #SeaUrchin, #survey, #TaylorCounty, FWC, Scallop, Seagrass, Volunteer
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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

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