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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

There is No WiFi in the Woods, But a Better Connection


September 23, 2021

The change of seasons here in North Florida provides a time to encourage kids to put away the tablets and phones and get in touch with the outdoors. Youth need time to reconnect with nature. A great way to teach them about the great outdoors ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Conservation, Curriculum, Forests, Health & Nutrition, Natural Resources, Recreation, Relationships & Family, Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Children, Mental Health, Nature, Outdoors, Quality Time, Woods, Youth
A boat and the text Scalloping Best Practices

Recreational Scallop Season 2021


June 14, 2021

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 egg hunt is possible ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, Recreation, Water
Tags: Boating, Coastal Habitat, Fisheries, Fishing, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Pledge, Recreation, Scalloping, Seagrass, Seagrass Scarring, Water Quality
Coral reef and sponges in the Gulf of Mexico.

Learn how to restore marine habitats


March 2, 2021

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 lot on marine habitat restoration ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Events, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Artificial Reef, Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Coral Reef, Florida Master Naturalist Program, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Marine Habitat, Restoration, Seagrass, Sponge

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