Marine Biotechnology Current Research

Although biotechnology is a multi-billion dollar industry with markets projected to grow 15-20% annually over five years, Florida lags far behind other states and countries in this field. About a fourth of the Florida Sea Grant budget for research addresses marine biotechnology. This pool of funding represents the only coherent, coordinated and central source of…

Portland Maine Working Waterways Symposium

PORTLAND, ME – Active waterfronts fuel coastal economies from Maine to Alaska, but demographic and financial changes threaten to transform America’s working shorelines. On Thursday, September 30, US Representative Chellie Pingree will charge working waterfront advocates with creating a national strategy for protecting and enhancing access for fishing, boating, and marine industries as part of…

Oil Look-Alikes

All That Sheens May Not Be Oil…or Tar Balls, Either By Bill Mahan, Florida Sea Grant Agent, County Extension Director, Franklin/UF IFAS Extension Program As a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, anyone out boating in the Gulf of Mexico region or walking the beach is keeping an eye out for oil. In…

2010 Guy Harvey Scholars Announced

Two graduate students at universities in Florida have been named the inaugural winners of the Guy Harvey Excellence Award, recognizing their outstanding achievement in marine science research. Melinda J. Donnelly, a Ph.D. student in conservation biology at the University of Central Florida, and Austin Todd, a Ph.D. student in physical oceanography at Florida State University,…

The 2010 Great Goliath Grouper Count

UPDATE (October 2010) — The results of the count are in! A total of 312 goliath grouper were counted, an average of 5.3 fish per site. The information tended to agree with other work that has shown that more goliath grouper are found on high relief structure such as shipwrecks and concrete pilings and culvert.…

Vessel Decontamination

Boats may become contaminated as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Contaminated boats will have to be decontaminated. While the specifics of the decontamination process are still being worked out, here is the latest information for Florida. Please remember that this decontamination plan is preliminary and is subject to change without prior notice.…