Keep Our Ocean Clean Photo Contest

Calling all shutterbugs! What motivates you to reduce plastic use?

Calling all shutterbugs! Show us what motivates you to reduce your plastic use. In celebration of Plastic-Free July, Florida Sea Grant is running a photo contest to honor the many motivations that lead individuals to cut back their plastic use, opting instead to reduce, reuse, recycle, or refuse. Plastics are present in our everyday life—but…

Flooding in 2019 at a Twin Lakes Subdivision in Key Largo

Sea Grant Led Resiliency Partnership Generates Award-Winning Policy and Flood Insurance Savings for Coastal Communities in the South Atlantic Region

Communities in the South Atlantic coastal region are increasingly experiencing the effects of re-occurring flooding from sea-level rise, which compromises infrastructure critical to transportation, stormwater and emergency operations. This ‘nuisance flooding’ also impacts the quality of life for residents faced with disruption of essential services and reduced mobility. The effects of rising seas and flooding…

Water quality sampling volunteer

Florida Water Watch Helps Communities Monitor Their Waterbodies

Since 2014, UF/IFAS Extension Florida Sea Grant agents have engaged citizen scientists to help gather data that managers need to evaluate coastal waters. Agents train citizens in agency-approved water quality-testing protocols and provide them with the equipment they need. While the data cannot be used for regulatory purposes, it provides researchers and managers a higher resolution view of trends…

Coastal Policy Analyst Fellowship Opportunity

Applications due March 31, 2021 PLEASE SHARE WIDELY (PDF version) The University of Florida Center for Coastal Solutions (CSS) and Florida Sea Grant (FSG) are pleased to announce a new year-long (12-month) coastal policy analyst opportunity to advance the development and implementation of science-based coastal policy in Florida. The position will support the mission of Florida Sea Grant through the…

Private: Fisheries and Conservation in the Coral ECA: A Stakeholder Process

Public Input Needed For Southeast Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area

By: Lourdes Rodriguez, 954-577-6363 office, 954-242-8439 mobile, rodriguezl@ufl.edu FLORIDA – Florida’s coral reef ecosystems are at a critical state of vulnerability and in need of conservation efforts. Of much concern is the Southeast Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area, also referred to as the Coral ECA, the northernmost part of Florida’s reef tract stretching from the…

collage of three graduate students named 2021 Aylesworth Scholars

Meet The 2021 Aylesworth Scholars

Three graduate students at Florida universities have been named recipients of scholarships from the Aylesworth Foundation for the Advancement of Marine Sciences. The winners are Scott Alford, a doctoral student at University of Florida; Amy Fellgren, a master’s student at University of West Florida; and Katherine Harris, a master’s student at University of Central Florida. Since 1986,…

New Document Helps Measure Benefits of Living Shorelines

Living shorelines use natural materials like sand, oysters, and marsh grass to protect coastal property from erosion and to promote ecosystem health and improved water quality. UF/IFAS Sea Grant agents and affiliate researchers have created a series of documents that describe how living shorelines function, what their benefits are, as well as permitting and installation…