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Volume 4, Issue 2
April 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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florida sea grant website thumbnail Maia McGuire is on a mission to show young students that science can be fun. The story Sea Cows and Science captures the reactions of third graders from St. John's County who visited Blue Spring State Park to witness manatees in their natural habitats. The field trip was part of an 18-lesson manatee curriculum that is available to download and free to use.
Sea Cows and science This YouTube video is a 3-minute explanation of Maia McGuire's manatee curriculum. See the children's faces light up as they witness the animal they've been learning about all year. In the video, McGuire explains her success with the curriculum. Instructions for where it can be downloaded are included.
Aquaculture Daniel Benetti, one of Florida Sea Grant's funded researchers, is modeling the impacts of large-scale, open-ocean aquaculture on the environment. He is determining how waste exported from open-ocean aquaculture travels through the water column. This 60-second YouTube video, What does experimental aquaculture look like? shows the various stages of finfish aquaculture, from larval to adult.
Aylesworth scholarship Once again, Florida Sea Grant has the pleasure to work with some of the brightest students in the Sunshine State. Three Aylesworth scholars, and six Florida Sea Grant scholars were chosen based on their academic merit and relevant research goals. Two stories, Meet the 2014 Florida Sea Grant Scholars and 2014 Aylesworth Scholars Announced provide detail about each scholar and their research projects.
SLR puts the squeeze on coastal ecosystems Seagrass, mangroves, salt marshes, beaches, dunes, coastal forests -- these are all parts of Florida's natural coastal beauty. In The Potential of Sea-Level Rise on Florida's Coastal Ecosystems, Whitney Gray examines how sea-level rise is putting the squeeze on natural systems. There are, however, steps people can take to help coastlines adapt to these new conditions. (SGEF-205)
student scholarship poster Here it is, all in one place! Download and print our attractive new Ocean and Coastal Scholarship and Fellowship Oppportunities poster! It's perfect for university bulletin boards and will ensure that your students are informed about upcoming career boosters.
climate change and risk perceptions Climate change will likely have a dramatic effect on coastal regions, yet nearly half of Americans fail to grasp the risk. What's behind this? In Climate change and coastal environmental risk perceptions in Florida, researchers examine the attitudes of more than 750 young adults toward climate-change. Their results may help risk managers and communicators design more effective outreach by focusing on factors such as risks related to the environment or the economy.
fishing from beach Hammerhead, bull and tiger sharks may swim away once they're released off hook and line, but a new study from the University of Miami suggests some species won't survive the encounter. How can anglers make informed decisions on which sharks make good candidates for catch-and-release fishing? In Physiological stress response, reflex impairment, and survival of five sympatric shark species following experimental capture and release, researchers show why the great hammerhead is especially vulnerable to capture stress.
construction on waterfront The Tiff Over TIF: Extending Tax Increment Financing to Municipal Maritime Infrastructure. For most waterfront communities, harbors provide the economic lifeline to commerce. Now that property values are recovering, will waterfront communities have access to revenue needed for infrastructure improvements? Community planners and economic development managers will especially appreciate the insights into these Tax Increment Financing issues provided by Florida Sea Grant's team of legal specialists.
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