Florida Sea Grant launches awareness campaign with Florida Trend reports

By: Tom Nordlie, UF/IFAS News Writer To call attention to pressing coastal and ocean issues in Florida and the surrounding region, Florida Sea Grant has launched an awareness campaign that includes four special reports to be published in Florida Trend magazine, a monthly publication featuring statewide coverage of business and industry. The year-long campaign, known…

Free iPhone App aims to change boater behavior and protect Indian River Lagoon

Cruising down the channels and canals of Florida’s expansive Indian River Lagoon, many coastal boaters and fishermen appear unaware their onboard habits may be threatening what lies beneath — the oyster reefs, seagrass beds and sensitive shorelines that provide homes, nurseries and meals for the waterway’s fish and wildlife. That kind of knowledge now fits right in the palm…

Florida Sea Grant takes an international approach to maintaining fish stocks

Editor’s note: February 12, 2015 — The introduction of lures to Caribbean fishermen is not meant to suggest that the use of bait in the U.S. commercial and offshore sport-fisheries is not sustainable and should be replaced by lures. To the contrary, lures are being tested as a sustainable complement to the use of bait to…

St. Johns County third-graders visit manatees in the wild as part of an 18-lesson curriculum

“I’m totally putting this on Instagram,” one third-grader said as he took out his smartphone to take a picture of the large aquatic mammal swimming along Blue Spring in Orange City, Fla. “Wow! That one is so big!” screamed another student while tapping his teacher to get her attention. Students’ faces were in awe as…