Schedule Field Research

UF/IFAS NCBS Field Research

This service is only available to internal UF/IFAS NCBS Employees. All other departments needing assistance with vessel related field research would need to submit a request form for a captained vessel.

About the Service

UF/IFAS NCBS researchers and staff must submit a request form for all field activities when utilizing station vessels, whether they are vessels with or without captains.

Field Work FAQs

This will be determined on a case-by-case review for the project being conducted.

A captain is required for all research/field activities that are not conducted by UF/IFAS NCBS employees. All other UF departments and external guests will need to complete an SKML Day Trip request form.

  • CK Roses: 25ft Skiff with side access door – capacity 12
  • Hells Bay: 18ft flats boat – capacity 3
  • G3: 18ft aluminum – capacity 4
  • Electrofishing Boat: 20ft – capacity 4
  • Extension Vessel: 19ft Skiff – capacity 6
  • Miss Melinda:

Email or Teams Chat vehicle requests to Tara Spach ( or Rose Cantwell ( Once approved, coordinate vehicle and key pickup and drop off prior to that date of use. Trailering outside of Cedar Key is an additional $50 fee. You must have source of funds for fuel after any vehicle or vessel use. 

Request a research Vessel

Select Vessel*
To request a reservation choose an available date and time slot from the calendar and fill in the form below.

Please note that submitting this form does not guarantee your reservation, it is a request for a time slot - we will get back to you within 24 hours to confirm your reservation or work with you to find another time that works. At that time we may also ask for more information to complete your booking.
Please select an available date from the calendar. Once a date is selected, use the field at the bottom of the calendar to select a timeslot for your visit.
Return Information
Return Time*
Principle Operator Information
First Name*
Last Name*
Work Phone Number*
Cell Phone Number*
Contact Email*
Group/Department/Course Name:*
Chartfield/Project #*
Payment/Billing Department Contact*
Please provide the email address of your fiscal contact for invoicing purposes.
Trip Information
Please explain the purpose of your trip / include float plan here
Please check box if trailering a vessel outside of Cedar Key during your field research trip.*
Please check box if you would like to reserve a state vehicle for trailering.
Launching From*
Research Area(s)*

Other Required Forms

Please print and complete the vessel/vehicle check list before and after field research trip.