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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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 […]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
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.Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
UF/IFAS NCBS is holding the 1st Annual Workout on Waterfront (WoW) Event. WoW will consist of three races including a 5K Run, Kayak Challenge and Recycled Regatta. The proceeds from this event will support an aquarium that is being built at Cedar Key at UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, Audio/Visual Equipment for the Cedar Key Library […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More