Throughout the month of March, coastal communities across Florida are observing Seagrass Awareness Month as a means of bringing attention to the importance of seagrass meadows to the ocean’s health.
Four students from Florida universities have each received $2,000 from the Florida Sea Grant Scholars program to support their research.
Florida Sea Grant agents around the state are educating Floridians about how seagrasses help provide clean water to swim in and homes for fish we love to eat.
With more than 900,000 registered vessels, Florida ranks among the nation’s top three boating states. However, boaters may pose a risk to the fragile seagrass meadows that lie along Florida’s coast.
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…