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
Florida is often touted as the “Fishing Capital of the World” and it is estimated that 2.4 million anglers flock to the coast to enjoy saltwater fishing in Florida each year. While this is great news for coastal economies, wildlife can suffer injuries from contact with fishing tackle, fish carcasses, and other garbage associated with […]Read More
Hannah Brown, a Ph.D. student in interdisciplinary ecology at the University of Florida, has been named the first Nature Coast Biological Station/Florida Sea Grant Scholar. The newly established scholarship program recognizes an outstanding graduate student at UF who conducts applied research in the Nature Coast area, which spans the Gulf Coast from Wakulla County to Hernando County. […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
The Conservation Fund awarded the University of Florida a grant for $19,500 to fund a tagging study on spotted sea trout in Cedar Key and Steinhatchee. The project is determining tagging mortality rates and fishing mortality to assist with stock assessment and management. To date about 150 fish have been tagged with $100.00 reward tags […]Read More
The annual boat parade in Cedar Key was held December 11. Nature Coast Biological Station participated with a decorated boat with costumes displayed by faculty and staff. It was an event enjoyed by all and NCBS was honored to receive Children’s Choice Award and 2nd place in the Cedar Key 7th Annual Christmas Boat Parade. […]Read More
The Allen and Ahrens lab at the University of Florida IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences participated in a team building event near Lake Wauberg. The challenge event showed the skills and talent of teams working together for a common purpose.Read More
Four years ago, I would’ve NEVER imagined that I would be working to conserve the West Indian Manatee. Four years ago, my opinion on manatees was bleak. To the average Joe, these impressive creatures would be characterized as “huge floating rocks”, drifting aimlessly north and south through migration patterns. Little did I know that my […]Read More
North Florida Marine Science and Big Bend Science Joint Symposia January 28th – 29th 2016 The North Florida Marine Science Symposium will be held in Cedar Key this year in conjunction with the Big Bend Science Symposium in celebration of the newly formed Nature Coast Biological Station January 28th & 29th 2016. This is the […]Read More