Why Restore or Enhance Oyster Habitat?

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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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.