activity keeps the public informed about current research
activities and has as its goal to develop and implement
diverse and wide-ranging information that effectively communicates
relevant information to millions of Floridians and tourists.
Better informed citizens make better decisions that ultimately
affect the use and conservation of Floridas fragile
one-third of Florida Sea Grants core funding is devoted
to Sea Grant Extension activities. On-campus faculty provide
leadership in planning statewide programs that are designed
in part by advisory committees and public input. Off-campus
faculty located strategically around Florida conduct planned
educational programs through brochures, courses, workshops,
lectures and meetings and through stimulating new research
to meet identified needs. Research faculty generate new
knowledge which finds outlets through the Extension Program.
Research faculty are also often asked to participate directly
in Extension programs. Principal projects are listed below
along with the ending date and project contact.
Extension program leaders in Florida identify Statewide Goal and Focus Areas in collaboration with faculty, appropriate
department chairs and extension administration. Statewide
programs are identified where several county programs are
focusing on the same problem or issue, or when a statewide
issue is identified with a need for county-level attention.
Once a program has the designated Focus Area status,
a team is established for it. Teams consist of extension
faculty and specialists within the primary program area
or supporting disciplines.
Statewide Goal and Focus Areas intensify
academic and research support through the expertise of faculty
and specialists, and provide a broader base for collaborative
efforts than would be possible otherwise. Sea Grant faculty
participate on Statewide Goal teams that correlate
directly with the Sea Grant strategic plan and annual plans
of work. Overall objectives of the four current Teams
in the Sea Grant category are provided below, together with
a list of members and e-mail contact numbers. For further descriptions, including situations statements, target customers,
impact and evaluation for these programs, see web site http://extadmin.ifas.ufl.edu/goals.shtml.
biotechnology in Florida represents an opportunity for both
university scientists and biotechnology-based companies
to have an impact on the growth and duration of this field.
Using natural products from the sea to create pharmaceutical
compounds of commercial importance is just one example.
leads the nation in terms of the economic value from all
uses of its marine fish and shellfish. However, Floridas
fisheries are affected by multiple use conflicts, global
trade, overfishing and coastline development which contributes
to habitat loss.
aquaculture provides almost 30 percent of the fish and shellfish
consumed by people. In Florida, aquaculture provides only
a small amount of the states total. The largest segment
of the industry is freshwater tropical fish for the hobby
aquarium trade. Growth potential exists for the food and
hobby marine aquaculture industry.
Quality and Safety
has 5,000 processing plants and retail seafood firms. They
range from the nations largest firms to many small
independent firms. All are attempting to respond to seafood
safety issues, increasing demand, shifts in seafood supply,
increasing international trade and competition, new regulatory
inspection mandates and environmental concerns.
Boating and Waterways
coastal development is a critical challenge facing Florida
water-dependent enterprises. Traditionally, small businesses
engaged in tourism and the marine trade are at risk and
need to increase productivity and efficiency by adopting
new technologies, adapting to regulatory changes, and maintaining
access to coastal waters.
estuaries, where fresh water from the land meets saltwater
from the sea, are characterized by enormous ecological,
social and economic diversity. Florida Sea Grants
role is to complement existing state and federal agency
programs, and create greater faculty interest in management-oriented
research. In this area, Florida Sea Grant will build upon
its academic strengths and emphasize long-term research,
testing of hypotheses, innovative analysis of datasets,
multi-disciplinary approaches and training of students.
Processes and Storms
The Florida coastline is at
risk from a variety of natural hazards, most notably the
winds, waves and floods generated by tropical storms. Risks
to life and property from these recurring hazards will increase
with the anticipated growth of coastal populations over
the next several decade. There needs to be a dedicated effort
to reduce the economic and social costs of natural hazards.
All stakeholders share an interest in pursuing loss (or
cost) control which is a proven risk management technique.
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2006-2008 (SGEF-165). Visit our publications
list for ordering information. SGEF-159