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Three Sea Grant Agents Bringing Inclusion to Conservation

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate and honor the contributions and achievements of our Hispanic UF/IFAS Extension marine agents, who are championing efforts to protect and enhance Florida’s vital marine resources, as well as innovating new inclusion-minded solutions and local insight to meet the challenges of Hispanic communities of Florida. Since 2017, Victor Blanco, a…

Southeast and Caribbean Climate Alliance

Climate change alliance will address human health impacts

By: Tory Moore, 352-273-3566, torymoore@ufl.edu At the mention of climate change, most people think of melting ice and increasing global temperatures. While those are key elements of climate change, one of the lesser-known aspects is the direct impact on human health. Low-income communities, communities of color, rural communities and tribal and indigenous communities suffer the…

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Florida Sea Grant Bids A Fond Farewell to GIS Specialist & Student Coordinator

Florida Sea Grant bids a fond and optimistic farewell to Ms. Corina Guevara, our Student and Education Coordinator for the past seven years. Corina came to the United States from Guatemala in 2003, accompanying her husband, Christian, who was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue M.S. and then Ph.D. degrees from the University…

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Get Involved In Beach Clean Ups This Saturday For International Coastal Cleanup Day

September is marked as Microplastics Awareness Month and September 18th is International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC) for people around the world. As Floridians, coastal cleanups are essential to preserving the quality of life for not only humans, but for our aquatic friends as well. The Ocean Conservancy, a national nonprofit, started International Coastal Cleanup Day…

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Veteran Florida Sea Grant agent takes new role addressing critical harmful algae bloom research

By: Brad Buck Originally posted at UF/IFAS News Betty Staugler, Harmful Algal Bloom Liaison Betty Staugler, a veteran Florida Sea Grant UF/IFAS Extension agent will now work in a larger role to help mitigate harmful algal blooms nationwide. For 17 years as an Extension agent, Staugler has been based at the UF/IFAS Extension Charlotte County…

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Announcing the 2021 Keep Our Oceans Clean Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to those who took the time to enter their photographs into our 2021 Keep Our Oceans Clean Photo Contest during last month’s #PlasticFreeJuly themed event. Our panel of judges were blown away by each photo submission and the commitments made to preserving the environment around us from the threat of plastic pollution. The…

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…