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Volume 5, Issue 3
July 17, 2015

"Published by Florida Sea Grant, authored by scientists worldwide."

Welcome to the latest in print and online content from faculty and staff at Florida Sea Grant.
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New Publications begin here
surfer walks along beach perhaps pondering he changes he will see to the coast due to changing climate Climate change is already altering Florida's natural systems, with negative consequences for human health and Florida's ocean-related economy. This trio of fact sheets examines the effects in more detail.
citrus county scalloping brochure Just in time for scallop season, the newly-updated Recreational Harvesting of the Florida Bay Scallop: Citrus County features a full-color map identifying access routes to the boat ramps and marinas in scallop-rich Citrus County, plus all the info you'll need to catch and prepare Florida's best summertime seafood treat.
marine and coastal fisheries cover The recovery of several top predator species like gag grouper in the Gulf of Mexico is likely to have consequences for other target and non-target species. Fisheries modelers at the University of Florida explain their research effort using multi-species ecosystem models alongside single-species models in Simulating the Trophic Impacts of Fishery Policy Options on the West Florida Shelf Using Ecopath with Ecosim.
Nature cover Brazil is running out of water; to avert more problems, the country needs effective water policy. Florida Sea Grant is part of a team urging training for the next generation of water leaders in this Nature short, Water: megacities running dry in Brazil.
Ecological modelling cover A probabilistic representation of fish diet compositions from multiple data sources: A Gulf of Mexico case study supports the expansion of ecosystem-based fisheries management tools by examining the use of the Atlantis ecosystem model to analyze diet availability for important predator species in the Gulf.
aylesworth scholarship Since 1986, Aylesworth Foundation scholarships have supported students pursuing college degrees in disciplines that have direct application to marine science. Scholarships worth $568,974 have been awarded to 100 students in 14 Florida universities over the past 29 years. Read more about the recipients and their success stories in our Aylesworth Scholarship publication.
flooding from high tide sign in st augustine The degree to which Florida responds to the threat of sea-level rise will either set an example for other regions, or by a lack of action, result in potentially catastrophic outcomes. In How and when will Florida respond to sea-level rise?, Sea Grant director Karl Havens analyzes how Florida's communities can engage in productive discussion to mitigate impacts.
journal of international wildlife law and policy cover Sea turtles in the Western Caribbean spend part of their lives on the beaches of three different countries. Turtles Without Borders: The International and Domestic Law Basis for the Shared Conservation, Management, and Use of Sea Turtles in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama explains the legalities for these shared resources.
man navigating flood waters in a raft The University of Florida law school's conservation clinic, under the direction of Florida Sea Grant's legal specialist, has prepared Crediting Adaptation Strategies through the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System Coordinator's Manual, a guidance document to help local governments prepare for sea-level rise.
development of a florida seafood extension program Florida's seafood industry is complex. Development of a Florida seafood program using a multi-disciplinary team explains how the Florida Seafood At Your Fingertips program was created to provide outreach professionals with updated, science-based information to answer consumer concerns about the origin, sustainability, and safety of seafood products.
ICES Journal of Marine Science cover Casitas, thought to enhance spiny lobster production throughout the Caribbean, may in fact be an ecological trap for juveniles and lead to increased mortality. Results from Casitas: a location-dependent ecological trap for juvenile Caribbean spiny lobsters, Panulirus argus show juvenile lobsters may be vulnerable to an increased presence of predators, suggesting casita use be restricted in known lobster nursery habitat.
marine resource economics cover In Social Network Analysis of Price Dispersion in Fishing Quota Lease Markets, fisheries economists apply novel techniques to analyze market efficiences in the Gulf of Mexico red snapper commercial fishery. The introduction of this special issue, which highlights topics addressed during the 2013 Forum of the National Association of Fisheries Economists, was authored by Florida Sea Grant marine economics specialist, Chuck Adams.
russian ship grounded off st. croix Vessel groundings pose a serious environmental risk with high costs for restoration and rehabilitation. Through a unique policy collaboration between Florida Sea Grant and the Bahamas National Trust, legal specialist Tom Ankersen analyzes the hazards that vessel groundings present to natural resources in the Bahamas, with recommendations and specific suggested elements for a vessel grounding statute in the island country.
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Florida commercial fishermen are important contributors to the nation's seafood industry. As the farm-to-table movement sweeps the U.S., Florida MarketMaker and Florida Food Connect: Using E-commerce to Enhance Seafood Marketing in Florida explains how e-commerce can help expedite the buying and selling of seafood products among consumers, producers, and other businesses within the food industry value chain.

New items on the web begin here
Guy Harvey Scholars Eight graduate students at universities in Florida have received Guy Harvey Scholarship Awards for their outstanding achievement in marine science research. Projects range from evaluating ways the Everglades snook fishery is influenced by freshwater flow to investigating how bioaccumulation of heavy metals affects goliath grouper. Read more about the scholars in our web story.
Maia McGuire Maia McGuire, Florida Sea Grant agent for UF/IFAS Extension in Flagler and St. Johns counties, has been named the Florida Wildlife Federation’s 2015 Conservation Educator of the Year. McGuire's most popular efforts include a third-grade manatee curriculum and fourth-grade lesson plans about right whales. Read more about the award in our web story.
National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium Registration is now open for the 4th National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium to be held November 16-19, 2015 in Tampa. People from across the United States attend the symposium to showcase innovative solutions to waterfront issues. Read more about the symposium, registration rates and who should attend in our web story.
Rachel Bouchillon Rachel Bouchillon, a master’s student at the University of Florida, was one of six fellows chosen nationally for the NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship. The fellowship provides education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and provides project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. Read more about Bouchillon and her work in our web story.
Rachel Bouchillon Nicholas Ducharme-Barth, a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, has received the Sea Grant/NOAA Fisheries population dynamics fellowship. The fellowship provides funding to Ph.D. candidates who study ways to improve the sustainability of fish stocks that are commercially or recreationally valuable. Read more about Ducharme-Barth and his research in our web story.
Quinn Zacharias Quinn Zacharias, a senior at Deland High School in Deland, was recently awarded a $1,000 Skoch Scholarship for demonstrating research promise in a coastal-related field. His award-winning project is a water quality analysis of Rose Bay in Volusia County following a large restoration project.  Read more about Quinn and his plans for the future in our web story.
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