• Healthy Oceans and Coasts

    Healthy Oceans and Coasts

Manatee underwaterHealthy coastal habitats provide essential nursery grounds for fish, and homes for manatees, wading birds, and other wildlife. As such, they are critical in supporting commercial fisheries and recreational fishing and diving. Unfortunately, coastal habitats face numerous threats ranging from invasive species to water pollution.

Since its inception, one of Florida Sea Grant’s primary missions has been educating Floridians and visitors about protecting and restoring marine habitats. Our efforts have led to artificial reefs, derelict crab trap removals, beach cleanups, mangrove and sea oat replanting and oyster reef restoration programs that have improved or restored thousands of acres of critical estuarine habitat.

Faculty and Staff


Tom Ankersen
Specialist, Legal

LeRoy Cresswell

LeRoy Creswell
Extension Agent
oyster habitat

Pamela Fletcher

Pamela Fletcher
Regional Agent
south florida ecosystems

Maia McGuire

Maia McGuire
Extension Agent
St. Johns and Flagler counties
k-12 marine education

Rick O'Connor

Rick O’Connor
Extension Agent
Escambia County
water quality