Florida Sea Grant, DOH launch outreach to help dog owners protect pets from becoming a blue-green algae fatality statistic

By: Lourdes Rodriguez, 954-577-6363 office, 954-242-8439 mobile, rodriguezl@ufl.edu Some dogs love to swim in the water, and some may even take a bite from fish they locate floating on the water’s surface. The danger comes when dogs are exposed to waters with blue-green algae that are emitting toxins. That blue-green algae, also called cyanobacteria, can…

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Scientists, Florida Sea Grant specialist to share decade of research, post-Gulf oil spill

By: Brad Buck, 813-757-2224, bradbuck@ufl.edu, 352-875-2641 (cell)  A decade after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant specialist will join other experts to summarize what they’ve learned about the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem in a virtual town hall-type meeting. Monica Wilson, who’s based in St. Petersburg, has spent considerable time during the past several…

Some climate change questions answered as hurricane season peaks, wildfires rage

By: Brad Buck, 813-757-2224, bradbuck@ufl.edu, 352-875-2641 (cell)  Wildfires out west? Check. Tropical storms or hurricanes hovering – seemingly everywhere? Check. Those are just two of the potentially catastrophic events caused in part by climate change, say University of Florida experts.  “Our climate is changing and, with that, comes more extreme events,” said Ashley Smyth, an assistant professor of soil…

USDA Announces $530 Million Seafood Trade Relief Program for U.S. Commercial Fishers Affected by Tariffs

By: Andrew Ropicki, Florida Sea Grant Extension Specialist in Economics, aropicki@ufl.edu On September 9th the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the new Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP). The program, to be administered by the Farm Service Agency, makes $530 million available as direct support to U.S. commercial fishers impacted by retaliatory tariffs. Payments…

UF/IFAS wants to hear from those impacted by the red tide of 2017-2019

  By: Brad Buck, UF/IFAS Public Relations Specialist, 813-757-2224, bradbuck@ufl.edu, 352-875-2641 (cell)    University of Florida researchers want to hear from marine businesses impacted by the 2018 red tide event that occurred between October of 2017 and January of 2019.   Respondents will have until September 25 to complete the appropriate online questionnaire.  “We will run the surveys statewide with an initial focus of our analyses in Southwest Florida and then a longer,…

FFWCC awards UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant $92K to create communication plan alerting public of expected Florida red tide events

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Harmful algal blooms (HABs) of the toxin-producing dinoflagellate Karenia brevis occur regularly within the Gulf of Mexico. Despite the frequency of these red tide events and the amount of publicly available information, there persists a gap in knowledge about the organism itself, management actions, and the real and perceived health risks to Florida’s residents and tourists.   …