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…

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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…

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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…

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Remembering Don Sweat, One of Florida Sea Grant’s First Marine Extension Agents

Over Don’s 33-year career, he made numerous advancements in the fields of aquaculture, commercial fisheries and marine education. These advancements led to changes in state laws and regulations, particularly in the sponge industry. Florida Sea Grant has lost one of its most cherished friends as well as one of its true pioneers, Don Sweat. He…

Victoria Gambale Named Clean Vessel Act Education Coordinator

Victoria (Vicki) Gambale, a former Community Engagement Program Director for The Bay Foundation, part of Santa Monica Bay’s National Estuary Program, has been named Florida Sea Grant’s Clean Vessel Act Education Coordinator. In her new role, Gambale will work collaboratively with Florida’s recreational boating community to reduce boat-based pollution. Her efforts are currently focused on…

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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…

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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…