In response to thick algae blooms that carpeted the Indian River Lagoon last summer, Florida Sea Grant agents are relaying the information needs and problems of residents in their community to scientists and decision-makers.
Two Florida Sea Grant agents have developed citizen science water quality monitoring projects in South Florida. Both programs train citizens to take monthly water samples at their adopted sites, input them into a database and see their data in real-time.
Miami Waterkeeper, in partnership with Florida Sea Grant, UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County and the University of Miami, has recently been awarded $117,667 from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service’s Office of Habitat Conservation to help ensure the Bay’s health for future generations.
Grouper is one of Florida’s most valuable commercial fisheries. In 2011 over 6.9 million pounds were landed in the state with an estimated dockside value of over $19 million. However,because of its economic value, popularity among consumers, and limited supply, grouper has been the target of species substitution and mislabeling by some wholesalers, restaurants, and…