[GUEST POST] Intern Report: Quantifying Seabird-Angler Interactions Along Florida’s Nature Coast

Apr 25, 2017

  By: Matt Shinego, UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station Intern (Fall 2016-Spring 2017)     Hello, my name is Matt, and I’m addicted to the outdoors. I’ve made it eight days without succumbing to the temptation to go for a hike or cast a line – with three tests next week, I can’t afford […]

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A Ride-Along with FWRI’s Fisheries-Independent Monitoring Program

Apr 10, 2017

  What is Fisheries-Independent Monitoring? Fisheries-Independent Monitoring (FIM) is a statewide program run by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The goal of the FIM program is to provide high quality fisheries data to state managers about fish abundance and population trends in estuaries. The data produced by the seven FIM programs around […]

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Introducing the Big Bend Shellfish Trail

Apr 5, 2017

  Click IMAGE to access the Big Bend Shellfish Trail Map (8.7 MB)   Shellfish in the florida big bend Shellfish harvest and consumption in Florida is an important facet of the maritime heritage of many coastal towns. The Florida Big Bend has several towns that still harbor local shellfish fisheries. These working waterfront communities […]

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Video Blog: Living Shoreline Marsh Plantings

Mar 9, 2017

Check out the latest at the Joe Rains Beach Living Shoreline site – we will have plenty of other opportunities for other groups to get involved. Please get in touch if you want to be part of the project.

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Cedar Key Living Shoreline Update

Feb 11, 2017

simultaneous Enhancement of Habitat and working waterfronts Last summer, we introduced you to a new living shoreline project at Joe Rains Beach in Cedar Key (read more). This unique, two-phase project will enhance both natural and cultural (working waterfront) resources along Daughtry Bayou. Phase 1 is the re-alignment of Tyree Canal. This is accomplished by […]

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Big Bend Science Symposium

Increasing public access to scientists and science in the Nature Coast

Feb 9, 2017

an Opportunity to connect We at the UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station just finished up a big week hosting the Big Bend Science Symposium in Cedar Key. This three-day conference was attended by the usual contingent of graduate students, university professors, and state wildlife managers convening to share updates about their research. However, academic […]

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Video Blog: Steinhatchee Crab Trap Cleanup

Jan 22, 2017

Ever wondered what it’s like to clean up lost crab traps? A few weeks ago, staff from the UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station​, UF IFAS Extension Taylor County​, Florida Sea Grant​, and the St. Martins Marsh and Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserves​ conduced a derelict crab trap cleanup in Steinhatchee, FL. Check out the […]

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New project tracks snook genetics in the Nature Coast

Dec 12, 2016

Common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) are a highly sought-after sport fish found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. The Nature Coast of Florida is the northern range of snook in the Gulf, and many more snook are being caught lately in Hernando County, Crystal River, Yankeetown, and Cedar Key […]

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Why Restore or Enhance Oyster Habitat? [Guest Post]

Nov 21, 2016

Guest post by Hernando County Florida Sea Grant Agent Brittany Hall-Scharf   Oysters are bivalve mollusks that attach to hard surfaces, such as wood pilings and other oyster shells, forming reef-like clusters that can be quite extensive. They are often found in coastal estuaries, transitional areas where fresh water from rivers and streams meets the […]

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2016 4H Marine Ecology Event

Nov 11, 2016

  Each year since 2007, 4-H youth from around the state have gathered to test their knowledge of marine species and ecology at the statewide Marine Ecology Event. This event is led by Dr. Karen Blyer, State 4-H Science Coordinator at UF, who announced in front of the crowd that it is her favorite event […]

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New Fishing Line Recycling Bins in the Nature Coast

Nov 1, 2016

It’s fall in Florida and that means great weather for fishing! If you launch your boat in Yankeetown, Jena, Steinhatchee, Inglis, or Econfina, you may notice a new addition to your favorite launch spot. Large PVC tubes have been added to these locations – they serve as collection receptacles for the fishing line to be […]

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Studying Living Fossils

Oct 24, 2016

  Horseshoe crabs are ancient organisms – they have been in existence for hundreds of millions of years! This is much longer than the average lifespan for a species on Earth and, therefore, horseshoe crabs are considered living fossils. Earlier this year, citizens in Cedar Key were trained by FWC and University of Florida biologists to […]

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Coastal Erosion Along G Street Prompts Community Discussion

Oct 14, 2016

Background The coastal area next to G Street in Cedar Key has changed a lot since the 1970s. A 2008 study funded by the FL Department of Environmental Protection found that the construction of G and 1st streets in the late 1960s and 1970s accelerated erosion and resulted in the loss of the beach from […]

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Fall Moons bring Horseshoe Crabs and Citizen Scientists to Nature Coast beaches

Sep 25, 2016

Horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) are a common sight on sandy beaches and other nearshore habitats in Florida. They mate along beaches, especially during full and new moons of the fall and spring months. This behavior makes study of population numbers convenient because researchers simply need to walk along the beach and count. A citizen science […]

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Huge Turnout in Cedar Key for Post-Hermine International Coastal Cleanup Event

Sep 23, 2016

The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup is an internationally synchronized marine debris cleanup event – it always occurs on the third Saturday in September and has been running for almost 30 years. In Cedar Key, the cleanup has been running for 10 years and usually has a turnout of between 60 and 120 volunteers. This year, […]

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New Sustainability Measures at the Steinhatchee Boat Ramp

Aug 31, 2016

UPDATE 9/23/2016: The ramp in Steinhatchee is open and operational. UPDATE 9/4/2016: The Ideal Marina ramp in Steinhatchee was damaged during Hurricane Hermine, shortly after the original post below was written. The sign and monofilament bin are still located at the ramp but other aspects of the facility will require repairs. I was very sad to […]

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What’s Happening at Joe Raines Beach?

Aug 12, 2016

By Dr. Mark Clark and Dr. Savanna Barry If you’ve been to Cedar Key lately, you may have noticed heavy machinery and lots of activity going on at Joe Raines Beach and adjacent properties (pictured above). This activity is all due to the Cedar Key Living Shoreline and Tyree Canal Enhancement Project, led by Dr. […]

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Volunteer Bird Rescue Initiative Takes Off in Cedar Key

Jul 27, 2016

Florida is often touted as the “Fishing Capital of the World” and it is estimated that 2.4 million anglers flock to the coast to enjoy saltwater fishing in Florida each year. While this is great news for coastal economies, wildlife can suffer injuries from contact with fishing tackle, fish carcasses, and other garbage associated with […]

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Make a Difference by Reducing Your Plastic Use

Jul 7, 2016

  Today is the last day of National Clean Beaches Week but reducing trash in the ocean and on our shorelines, especially plastic debris, is important all year long! What is Clean Beaches Week? (Video) Holiday weekends such as Memorial Day and 4th of July are very popular times to head to the coast – it […]

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Recreational Scallop Season 2016

Jun 23, 2016

Recreational bay scallop season begins this weekend on June 25th, 2016! Thousands of residents and visitors will flock to the coastal areas of Florida between the Pasco-Hernando County line and Mexico Beach Canal to seek out their limit of scallops. Recreational boating in the Nature Coast reaches peak levels during scallop season, so expect congestion […]

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UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station faculty and Sea Grant agent Savanna Barry working in Cedar Key, Florida surveying recreational boaters and checking monofilament recycling and disposal containers on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016.
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