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Volume 4, Issue 1
January 2014

What does the science say about the ocean and coastal environments around you?

Florida Sea Grant is one of the region's largest publishers of science-based information. Here's the latest in print and online content from our researchers, faculty and staff.
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New on the Web 
florida sea grant website thumbnail It was time for a change., our flagship website, has undergone a dramatic renovation, so stop by and check it out. While you're there, you'll find new information on student fellowships and scholarships, and the region's newest aquatic invader, the lionfish.
estuary friendly living booklet cover Invasive Species of Florida's Coastal Waters: The Red Lionfish and Devil Firefish. They're all over the news, and everywhere in the Caribbean, but what's fact and what's fiction? Here's a comprehensive overview of this marine invasive, with insights into how they've become such successful invaders, and what resource managers and citizens are trying to do to control them. (SGEF-208)
estuary friendly living booklet cover Lionfish: Is it Safe to Eat? If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em, or so the saying goes. Eating lionfish appears to be one option to control their numbers, but it's always safe to question the quality and safety of all new food selections. Florida Sea Grant's seafood specialist provides answers and recommendations when choosing to eat the newest catch of the day. (SGEF-210)
youtube icon for sea level rise video Sea-Level Rise: What we know, what we don't know, what we need to know. Sea level is rising faster in the 20th century than at any time in the last 3,000 years. Dr. Don P. Chambers, an associate professor at the University of South Florida and a lead author on the 5th IPCC report, uses his expertise in satellite observations to explain what more we need to know. He delivered this lecture as part of the UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County "Salty Topics" series at Weedon Island in Pinellas County.
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florida sea grant website thumbnail Floridians eat nearly twice as much seafood as consumers in the rest of the nation. Market choices are more plentiful than ever, but so are questions. What's imported and what's local? Is my choice nutritious and safe to eat? How do I fix the fish I purchased at the grocery? Get answers to these questions and more, right at your fingertips! Download the Florida Seafood at Your Fingertips app.
Program Highlights Check out our 2012-13 Program Highlights, featuring news and photos from across the state in full color. You'll find a feature on Sea Grant's rapid response to the collapse of the Apalachicola Bay commercial fishery; photos and bios of our scholarship and fellowship winners; and inspiring accounts of how volunteers from around the state have worked with Sea Grant agents to restore their local coastlines.
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Reflections on Gulf Seafood. Consumer confidence in the safety of seafood harvested from the Gulf of Mexico has largely recovered since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, though for some, concerns still linger. The key for consumers is to focus on reasonably minimizing risk. For those willing to consider the evidence, this article offers some answers to the most common and most important questions on the topic. (SGEF 206)

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Updating Advice on Eating Seafood. Deciding whether or how much seafood to eat can sometimes be confusing, because we hear a variety of messages that seem contradictory. This publication provides the most updated information on the benefits of eating seafood, and also addresses concerns tied to mercury in seafood. The publication also addresses seafood consumption guidelines for pregnant women. and discusses the benefits that seafood provides for unborn and young children. (SGEF 207)

publication thumbnail The Florida Bar Journal. The negative impacts of sea-level rise on stormwater systems are causing big headaches for Florida’s communities. If existing drainage systems can no longer prevent flooding, are local governments liable? Sea Grant coastal planning specialist Thomas Ruppert discusses the legal implications of local government actions in the current issue of The Florida Bar Journal.
thumbnail of eutrophication book Thousands of lakes around the world have been impacted by excessive inputs of nutrients from human-related uses of the land, and as a result have experienced changes in their ecological structure and function. These are discussed in Lake Eutrophication and Plankton Food Webs, a new chapter by Karl Havens in Vol. 2 of Eutrophication: Causes, Consequences and Control.
catch and release brochure thumbnail Releasing a fish safely with minimal harm is key to helping it survive. Catch and Release: Ways You Can Help Saltwater Fish Survive! provides practical advice for fishermen who want to increase the survival rate of fish with proper handling during the landing and release. This latest edition Includes an all-new section on descending tools, venting, and other deep-water release techniques for reef fish.
Sp language FDA Hazards Guide thumbnail of cover Orientación de controles y peligros de los productos pesqueros y piscícolas. The new Spanish translation of the FDA Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance is now available. La Guía de peligros de la FDA modificada recientemente, ayudará a que la industria de pescados y mariscos cumpla los reglamentos de la FDA sobre pescados y mariscos nacionales e importados.
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