University of Florida purchased the Gulf Side Motel in July, 2015. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) began renovations to fit the needs of the Nature Coast Biological Station. The two story building has been demolished and construction has begun to build a three story facility with a wet lab, aquarium and office space. The other side of the motel will be renovated to include dorms and a meeting area for researchers.
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Old 2 Story Station
New 3 Story Station
Last fall, Emma Pistole started a Master of Science program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation). Since then, her project on the northward expansion of common snook into the Nature Coast has gained a lot of attention and generated excitement among fishing guides, anglers, and scientists. Check out […]Read More
[GUEST POST] By Rick Herren, PhD Student with UF IFAS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department and UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station Rarely do scientists work alone and Rick Herren, a PhD student with NCBS and UF WEC, is no exception. In 2001, Rick and a few of his colleagues formed a new company […]Read More
[GUEST POST] By: Nick Vitale, Graduate Student with the UF IFAS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department and UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station Poor Nesting Success: A mystery? Raccoons, birds-of-prey, human disturbance, high tides… these are all potential threats to American Oystercatchers breeding along the nature coast. Oystercatchers have shown poor nesting success in […]Read More
Thank you to everyone that tuned in live for the scallop seminar in Steinhatchee last night! We had about 50 people at the in-person event and over 2,400 people tuned in for at least some of the program on the live stream. The recording is available here and on our Facebook page. We had five […]Read More
Recreational bay scallop season is quickly approaching! 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 at boat ramps. […]Read More
Background of the Bird Rescue Program The Cedar Key Bird Rescue (CKBR) Program is a volunteer organization that responds to reports of injured birds, especially pelicans with fishing related injuries (i.e., entanglement or throat obstruction). CKBR was formed in response to the high number of bird entanglements in Cedar Key, an area identified as a […]Read More
This past Monday, six seagrass marker buoys were placed in the shallow waters off of the small key known as Sandy Hook in the Crystal River estuary. This area, which remains totally open access for boaters, has suffered increasing seagrass damage from boat propellers and vessel groundings. The shallow area off of Sandy Hook is […]Read More
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[GUEST POST] 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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More