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

Posted on April 10, 2017 by

  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 […]

Introducing the Big Bend Shellfish Trail

Posted on April 5, 2017 by

  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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Cedar Key Living Shoreline Update

Posted on February 11, 2017 by

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 […]

Big Bend Science Symposium

Increasing public access to scientists and science in the Nature Coast

Posted on February 9, 2017 by

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 […]

Video Blog: Steinhatchee Crab Trap Cleanup

Posted on January 22, 2017 by

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 […]

New project tracks snook genetics in the Nature Coast

Posted on December 12, 2016 by

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 […]

Why Restore or Enhance Oyster Habitat?

Posted on November 21, 2016 by

[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 […]

2016 4H Marine Ecology Event

Posted on November 11, 2016 by

  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 […]

New Fishing Line Recycling Bins in the Nature Coast

Posted on November 1, 2016 by

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 […]

Studying Living Fossils

Posted on October 24, 2016 by

  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 […]