Station Renovation!

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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Soon-to-be Dorms


Old 2 Story Station


New 3 Story Station


New Docks

Intern Report: Quantifying Seabird-Angler Interactions Along Florida’s Nature Coast

Apr 25, 2017

  [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 […]

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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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Workout on Waterfront (WoW), Saturday, March 18, 2017

Jan 17, 2017

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 […]

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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?

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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