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…

Scallop Research and Restoration

Scallops live about one year before either dying off naturally or being eaten by humans, crabs, octopuses, or a variety of shell-crushing fish. They spawn primarily in the fall. After about a two-week period as plankton, larvae develop a small shell and settle onto seagrass blades. They continue to grow while attached to the grass…

Scallop Searches

Volunteer scallop searches are part of Florida’s efforts to restore bay scallop populations. These are no-take outings conducted in areas presently closed to scalloping. Volunteers snorkel and search for scallops, recording the numbers to help monitor and document the health and status of returning scallop populations. While the numbers may vary from year-to-year, it’s most important…

Protecting Florida's Spiny Lobster

As commercial and recreational landings of Florida’s spiny lobsters continue to remain below historical levels, new findings about the lobster’s ecology are helping guide management strategies to benefit future populations and the fishing industry. Spiny lobsters are one of the largest commercial fisheries in Florida, and one of the most economically valuable in the Caribbean.…

The Blue Revolution

Where will our seafood come from in the future? There has been a truly amazing revolution going on in our lifetime. The past four decades have seen the birth and rapid growth of the world fish farming industry. Currently, almost half (47%) of seafood is produced by farming (also called aquaculture). If the industry continues…

Don Sweat Wins National Wick Award

Don Sweat, the recently retired Florida Sea Grant marine extension agent for a multi-county region on the state’s West Coast, has been awarded the national William Q. Wick Visionary Career Leadership Award in recognition of his career achievements in Sea Grant Extension. Sweat was the first extension agent hired by Florida Sea Grant’s then-fledgling marine…

Marine Biotechnology Additional Resources

Marine Biotechnology: Protecting and Creating New Value from Marine Resources A website of scientific advances, educational resources, contacts and other features of America’s network of Sea Grant programs, organized by the Sea Grant Association. The Oceans and Human Health: Drugs from the Deep A presentation (both PowerPoint and .pdf) by Sea Grant researcher Shirley Pomponi…

Marine Biotechnology Meetings

Florida Marine Biotechnology Summit V November14-15, 2006 Gainesville, FL, USA The Florida Marine Biotechnology Summit V has concluded. We invite you to watch a brief summary of the program. The information posted below will remain for archival purposes. See the slideshow here. This is a biennial event showcasing statewide and national research achievements concerning biotechnology…