Brittany Hall-Scharf, a former fisheries biologist with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, has been named the Florida Sea Grant agent with UF/IFAS Extension for Hernando County.
In her position, Savanna Barry will implement programs for Florida Sea Grant that promote the sustainable use of natural resources along the state’s Nature Coast.
Jackie Whitehouse, Florida Sea Grant’s executive secretary, has retired after more then three decades of outstanding service to the program and to the University of Florida.
The project develops new tools that encourage communities to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System.
The award is presented annually to a Florida Sea Grant agent who takes initiative, creativity and leadership in his or her extension program.
Carlos Martinez, a Florida Sea Grant statewide agent who specializes in ornamental aquaculture and aquaculture education, was recently awarded an Honorary State Degree by the Florida Future Farmers of America Association.
Karl Havens will join an ongoing panel of 13 other prominent scientists from across the U.S. to monitor progress toward Everglades restoration and assess scientific or engineering issues that may hinder the goals of the plan.
Maia McGuire, Florida Sea Grant agent for UF/IFAS Extension in Flagler and St. Johns counties, learned first-hand the challenges of teaching marine science in the classroom.
For her efforts in playing an integral part in saving Florida’s heritage fishing communities from economic hardship, Leslie Sturmer has recently been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the U.S. chapter of the World Aquaculture Society.