Guy Harvey Scholars for 2012 Announced

A record five graduate students at universities in Florida have been awarded $5,000 scholarships as winners of the Guy Harvey Scholarship, recognizing their outstanding achievement in marine science research. The winners are Felipe Carvalho and Sarah Stephens, University of Florida; M. Laura Habegger, University of South Florida; Sean Bignami, University of Miami; and Kier Smith,…

Florida Sea Grant receives $147,000 grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

December 1, 2011 — Florida Sea Grant Director Karl Havens received a two-year grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to hire an education/outreach coordinator who will focus on the effects of sea-level rise on Florida’s unique and diverse coastal natural resources. In addition to serving as the primary resource and clearinghouse…

Bait, the Next Big Catch

Here’s a business tip about farming fish in Florida that may surprise you. The real opportunity in culturing saltwater fish may not be for a food fish at all. Instead, industry watchers think there’s more to gain by growing baitfish – the pinfish, pigfish, killifish and other minnows that recreational anglers use to catch popular…

Operation Drag and Snag

Despite the importance of the blue crab fishery to Florida’s coastal communities, derelict blue crab traps are a growing problem. In recent years, however, awareness of the impact derelict traps have on marine life, the environment and public safety has increased. In May 2011, Charlotte County Sea Grant Extension Agent Betty Staugler began a project…

2011 Changes to Florida’s Planning Laws: Impacts on Coastal Planning

Governor Scott recently signed a bill passed by the Florida Legislature that makes significant changes to comprehensive planning in the state. This brief note is not intended to give a complete summary of the bill, which is almost 200 pages, but to mention some of the most significant changes included in the law before looking more carefully at the implications for planning in coastal communities.

Waterway access study helps Taylor County economy

Taylor County–well-known to Floridians as home of Steinhatchee, a popular fishing and bay scalloping destination–recently received a boost thanks to a user survey led by Charles Sidman, Florida Sea Grant associate director of research, and Garin Davidson, University of Florida boating and waterway planning program. The 2010 study, Planning for Waterway Access in Taylor County,…

Withstanding Hurricanes

Hurricane season began June 1, and NOAA’s annual hurricane forecast for the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico calls for 12 to 18 named storms, with six to 10 becoming hurricanes. The agency predicts up to six major hurricanes, with wind speeds above 111 mph. Hurricanes are some of the most devastating weather events to…