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Volume 4, Issue 4
October 6, 2014

Welcome to the latest in print and online content from faculty and staff at Florida Sea Grant.
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New on the Web 
shark corner button Do you enjoy the thrill of shark fishing? Ever had a shark on the line? Explore the pages of our new Shark Catch and Release corner on to find information about the latest in best handling practices and recommended gear for releasing sharks, as well as new material about shark biology and ecology, and the history of Florida's shark fishery.
aquaculture What are the pros and cons of fish farming? The U.S. is now finalizing a proposal that would allow fish farms to operate in the Gulf. But, the future of fish farming still faces many obstacles. Read our web story to learn what Florida Sea Grant researchers are doing to evaluate environmental impacts of open-ocean aquaculture.
vase sponge The loss of marine sponges in the Florida Keys is having a severe impact on the ecosystems that sponges support. Read how researchers and volunteers are making progress on restoring habitats by testing transplant techniques on a variety of sponge species.
Mike Kane Florida Sea Grant researcher Michael Kane has recently been awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Society for In Vitro Biology. He is being recognized for developing novel ways to grow and store sea oats and other plants essential to beach dune restoration.
Monica Wilson

Monica Wilson has been selected as the Florida Sea Grant’s new Gulf oil spill research extension specialist. She will work with three other specialists, one from each of the Gulf Sea Grant programs, to disseminate oil spill research results to industry and community audiences.

Instagram Are you ready to "sea" what we do through pictures? We are now on Instagram! Follow us at @FloridaSeaGrant (won't display in IE) to see photos of our extension agents in the field, educational posts about coastal issues and beautiful shots of our Sunshine State.
Sponge restoration cover

Where have all the sponges gone? Healthy sponge populations are an important part of the Florida Keys ecosystem, but a series of harmful algal blooms has essentially eliminated once-thriving communities. Researchers are now testing transplant techniques to see if they can accelerate the restoration process and initial results are promising. Read more about the project in Sponges:The Keys to the Keys.

Seafood perceptions cover

Many Floridians are becoming more concerned about the origin, affordability and convenience of the seafood products they purchase. Seafood Knowledge, Perceptions and Use Patterns in Florida assesses the educational needs of Florida seafood consumers concerning seafood quality, mislabeling, sustainability and traceability.


Toward a Sustainable Caribbean FAD Fishery explores the role that fisheries officers and extension professionals can play in strengthening co-management between fisherfolks and key government agencies in the Caribbean through an integrated process of data collection, profitability analysis and stakeholder engagement.

OARS report cover

Capturing and reporting success stories is a challenge for many research, extension and business organizations. Florida Sea Grant has created an online system that simplifies data collection and reporting. A Web-Based Reporting System for Monitoring and Evaluating a Land or Sea Grant Research and Extension Program describes key components of the system's data entry and management functions.

biscayne bay water quality Good water quality in Biscayne Bay is fundamental to the economy of Miami-Dade County. In recent years, a series of algal blooms has impacted over 10,000 acres of bay bottom habitat. Imperiled Water Quality in Biscayne Bay: The Economics of What's at Stake explains the economic consequences of continued water quality decline.
Charlotte county waterways cover Maps of Charlotte County General Permit Trafficshed Channels and Secondary Channels is a collection of maps that depict channels included in the Charlotte County General Permit. Each map shows either channel segments within a general permit trafficshed or segments in a general permit secondary channel system.
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Extension Newsletters

A number of our current Extension faculty newsletters are online. Bookmark these sites for future reference:

  • "Aqua-Notes," from Maia McGuire: St. Johns and Flagler counties.
  • "The Marine Scene Plus!" from John Stevely, Betty Staugler, Joy Hazell, Bryan Fluech, and Libby Carnahan: Southwest Florida.
  • "Panhandle Outdoors," from Bill Mahan, Rick O'Connor, Brooke Saari, and Chris Verlinde: Northwest Florida.
  • "Extension Connextion," from Lisa Krimsky, Miami-Dade County.

View a list of all Florida Sea Grant publications.

Also Online: The National Sea Grant Library provides the only comprehensive and searchable collection of Sea Grant–funded documents from the 33 Sea Grant programs across the U.S. Many are full text.

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