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. In 2016 the two story building was demolished and construction began 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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Before & After Photos:
NCBS Grand Opening Sept. 22nd, 2017
Principal Investigator: Ernst Peebles, University of South Florida Co-Investigators: Mya Breitbart, University of South Florida; Steven Murawski, University of South Florida; Christopher Stallings, University of South Florida; Kevin Boswell, Florida International University; James Locascio, Mote Marine Laboratory; Funding Source: Florida Restore Act Centers of Excellence Program Duration: 2016-2019 The Spawning Habitat and […]Read More
Evaluating Alternative Management Options in the Gulf of Mexico Private Recreational Fishery Principal Investigator: David Chagaris Co-Investigators: Mike Allen and Ed Camp, University of Florida Funding Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts Duration: 2016-2018 Seasonal closures are commonly used in recreational and commercial fisheries but they may be less effective when […]Read More
Advancing Ecological Reference Points and Advancing Ecosystem-based Management of Atlantic Menhaden Principal Investigator: Andre Buchheister, Humbolt State University Co-Investigators: Thomas J. Miller, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory; Ed Houde, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory; Amy Schueller, NOAA Fisheries Beaufort Funding Source: Lenfest Ocean Program Duration: 2018-2020 Atlantic menhaden are an important prey species for several marine […]Read More
Principal Investigator: William Patterson, University of Florida Co-Investigators: David Chagaris and Rob Ahrens, University of Florida Funding Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Duration: 2018-2019 Lionfish trapping has been proposed as a means to remove lionfish biomass from mesophotic reefs, as well as from protected ecosystems. Spiny lobster fishermen in the Florida […]Read More
An Ecosystem-based Approach to Evaluating Impacts and Management of Invasive Lionfish Principal Investigator: Mike Allen, University of Florida Co-Investigators: David Chagaris and Will Patterson, University of Florida Funding Source: Florida Restore Act Centers of Excellence Program Duration: 2015-2018 Predation by invasive lionfish poses a threat to native reef fish communities and may […]Read More
Ecosystem Modeling for Fisheries Management in the Gulf of Mexico Principal Investigator: David Chagaris Co-Investigators: Dr. Skyler Sagarese and Dr. Matthew Lauretta, NOAA Fisheries Miami; Dr. Kim de Mutsert, George Mason University; and Dr. Rob Ahrens, University of Florida Funding Source: NOAA Restore Act Science Program Duration: 2017-2020 Current challenges for fishery […]Read More
By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 23, 2018 at 9:08 a.m. CEDAR KEY – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ crown jewel of freshwater, saltwater and estuarian research conducted its first annual open house event Saturday (Sept. 22), giving the general public an opportunity to tour the facility and learn […]Read More
The UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-2 (USCG Auxiliary District 7) will be teaming up in Cedar Key on August 11 from 9:00AM-12:00PM at the city Marina for a marine environmental protection outreach. During this event we will discuss and present topics and issues regarding our […]Read More
Sept. 22nd, 10:00AM – 3:00PM It’s official, Cedar Key has been the new home of the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station for an entire year! You’re Invited to Come Celebrate! To commemorate this milestone, we will be hosting an event that includes: Touch Tanks, Interactive Displays Research Updates from UF Faculty, Staff, […]Read More
FILMMAKER IAN CHENEY & MUSICIAN JACK JOHNSON RELEASE NEW FILM, THE SMOG OF THE SEA ALONG WITH MARINE SCIENTIST MARCUS ERIKSEN OF 5 GYRES (2017 – Oahu, Hawaii) The Smog of the Sea chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited onboard an unusual crew to […]Read More
What is the Workout on the Waterfront? Cedar Key’s Workout on the Waterfront (WoW) is an exciting day packed full of fun and active events, scheduled this year for February 24th, 2018. The WoW event aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution along our coasts. Proceeds from the 2018 races and silent auction will benefit […]Read More