Florida Sea Grant takes an international approach to maintaining fish stocks

Editor’s note: February 12, 2015 — The introduction of lures to Caribbean fishermen is not meant to suggest that the use of bait in the U.S. commercial and offshore sport-fisheries is not sustainable and should be replaced by lures. To the contrary, lures are being tested as a sustainable complement to the use of bait to…

Insurance Industry Leader Calls on Insurance Industry to Account for Risk from Climate Change

World-wide insurance industry leader Lloyd’s of London has issued a call for insurers to begin adding the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise into the risk calculations that insurers make when writing policies. In an article in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, Lloyd’s noted that annual average losses had quadrupled from the 80s to the…

In response to Congressional action, NFIP stops planning for rate increases to "grandfathered" properties

Due to inclusion of language in an omnibus funding bill signed by President Obama on January 17, 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently released an advisory document which indicates that FEMA has stopped any planning to implement section 207 of the Biggert-Waters Act. Section 207 of BW12 instructed the National Flood Insurance Program to…

FEMA Now Considering Sea-Level Rise in Mitigation Grants

In late December of 2013, FEMA formally announced that it will now allow state, territorial, or tribal applicants for hazard mitigation assistance to include sea-level rise in their applications. Hazard mitigation assistance grant applicants have to demonstrate, via a benefit-cost analysis, that the proposed project will save as much or more money than it costs…

Flood Insurance Programs in Escambia County

Florida Sea Grant and Escambia County Extension present two programs on flood insurance November 18, 2013 in Pensacola. The morning program is for real estate professionals and the evening program for members of the public. The presentations will give some background on the National Flood Insurance Program, look at how the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of…