Apalachicola Update: Funding awarded for restoration of oyster bars

Florida Sea Grant is working in partnership with state agencies, the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, local counties and other groups to obtain funding necessary to tackle the primary recommendation of the Oyster Recovery Team’s report: the need for large-scale restoration to achieve recovery of the Apalachicola Bay oyster industry. The first proposed project, led by…

Freezing Sea Oats

Deep-freezing sea oats seeds and sheets may create business opportunities for commercial growers when dunes need restoring Sea oats are much more than decorative beach foliage. The wispy grass creates a natural barrier between land and water by trapping wind-blown sand, providing stability in beach dunes. A Florida Sea Grant researcher is developing novel techniques…

Operation Drag and Snag

Despite the importance of the blue crab fishery to Florida’s coastal communities, derelict blue crab traps are a growing problem. In recent years, however, awareness of the impact derelict traps have on marine life, the environment and public safety has increased. In May 2011, Charlotte County Sea Grant Extension Agent Betty Staugler began a project…