angler responsibly uses descending device to release reef fish

Gulf Reef Fish Anglers: Help Reef Fish Survive With Free Release Tools From Return Em Right

Originally published on ReturnEmRight.org Return ‘Em Right is launching its program to offshore anglers throughout the Gulf of Mexico today. By participating in a short online review of best practices anglers can receive free release gear valued at $100 to help reef fish survive release. Each year, more than 10 million federally-managed reef fish are…

Dr. Sherry Larkin, Florida Sea Grant's Director, testifies via Zoom, before the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

Florida Sea Grant Director Testifies at Congressional Climate Hearing

On April 1, Florida Sea Grant Director Dr. Sherry Larkin testified before the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on the potential of new, nature-based solutions that support the health of our coastal and marine ecosystems. These solutions, Larkin stated, have been proven to improve our coastal habitats, strengthen our communities’ ability to…

Carolyn Kovacs teaching students in Panama

Carolyn Kovacs Named Sea Grant Agent in Flagler and Volusia Counties

Carolyn Kovacs, a former resident lecturer of tropical coastal ecology at The School for Field Studies, has been named the new Florida Sea Grant agent with UF/IFAS Extension for Flagler and Volusia Counties. In her new role, Kovacs will develop and lead a marine and coastal resources education and outreach program that will work to…

florida red tide leads to empty beaches

Economic Study Examines 2018 Red Tide Impacts Through Shock to Airbnb Market

Natural disasters, like red tide events, disrupt normal daily life within communities and reduce the attractiveness of a destination for tourists. An uptick in the occurrence or severity of such hazardous and disruptive events can have very distinct and catastrophic socioeconomic impacts. From October 2017 to January 2019, a significant red tide event limited access…

Evan B. Forde working in a deep-sea submersible. Photo: NOAA AOML

Influential Black Figures Who Pioneered Coastal Science & Education

From stewarding healthier waterways to creating representation and pioneering new discoveries, Black marine scientists and educators throughout history have made Florida and coastal environments everywhere a better place for all. Read on to discover some key leaders whose work shaped different spheres of science and environmentalism in the Sunshine State. Consider following (on Twitter, follow…