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Volume 5, Issue 4
October 6, 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
hogfish in the southeastern united states After multiple years of collaboration with spearfishermen from Florida to North Carolina, scientists are getting a better handle on the genetic structure of Florida’s hogfish stocks. In Genetically determined population structure of hogfish in the southeastern United States, Sea Grant’s Angela Collins and her colleagues at the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute have found three distinct genetic clusters, results that could impact future stock assessments and management guidelines for hogfish.
2014-2015 program highlights cover Check out our 2014-15 Program Highlights, featuring news and photos from across the state in full color. You'll find a feature on how Sea Grant is working to preserve water access for Florida residents; photos and bios of our scholarship and fellowship winners; and how Florida Sea Grant researchers are testing different lionfish removal techniques.
 seafood sourcing florida trend cover Knowing what types of seafood Florida has to offer, when it’s available and where to look for it can help consumers make safe and nutritious choices. In this fact sheet, Sourcing Your Seafood, seafood specialist George Baker talks about seafood nutrition and the benefits of seafood consumption.
towards a sustainable fad fishery cover Artisanal fishermen in the Caribbean are often concerned that too many small and juvenile fish are taken from FADs for subsistence and for use as bait to catch larger fish attracted to FADs. Toward a Sustainable Caribbean FAD Fishery summarizes Florida Sea Grant research on Dominica that tested the effectiveness of lures as an addition or replacement to the use of bait.
Coastal Florida Adopt a Wetland Training Manual Cover A new training manual from The Coastal Florida Adopt-A-Wetland Program promotes wetland conservation through volunteer monitoring. The full-text of the manual contains all the information you will need to begin monitoring an adopted wetland. It is designed for school classes, civic organizations, individuals, families, neighbors, friends, clubs and companies.
Coastal Florida Adopt a Wetland Curriculum Guide The Coastal Florida Adopt-A-Wetland Curriculum Guide goes hand-in-hand with the training manual and includes lesson plans for grades 3-12. All activities are correlated to Florida Sunshine State Standards. Each activity includes focus questions, objectives, and keywords to assist with planning and implementation.
apalachicola bay oyster fishery collapse The case study, Collapse of a historic oyster fishery: diagnosing causes and identifying paths toward increased resilience, found it likely that the oyster collapse in Apalachicola Bay was not related to the recent oil spill, but rather to  human and environmental factors affecting oyster recruitment and survival.
environmental and land use law section reporter In The Link Between Future Flood Risk and Comprehensive Planning, Florida Sea Grant coastal planning specialist Thomas Ruppert provides an update on the specifics of a new bill that requires some local governments to consider sea-level rise and flood risk when creating comprehensive plans. Visit page 7 of the The Environmental and Land Use Law Section Reporter.
goliath grouper Reef relief and volume are predictors of Atlantic goliath grouper presence and abundance in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, published recently in the Bulletin of Marine Science 91(4), assessed presence, abundance and size distribution of Atlantic goliath grouper at natural and artificial reefs in the central Gulf of Mexico. Results showed the fish were more likely to be present at artificial reefs and abundance was positively related to the vertical relief and structural volume of the reef. (DOI:,
lionfish The invasive lionfish is harming Florida marine ecosystems and threatening native reef fish populations. Modeling Lionfish Management Strategies on the West Florida Shelf summarizes the key findings from a recent workshop of students and professionals hosted by the University of Florida. The Ecopath with Ecosim model shows lionfish impacts could be partially mitigated by combining reef fish management and directed lionfish removal efforts.
New items on the web begin here
florida clams graphic Farm-raised clams in Florida are an aquaculture success story. Florida Clams is an all-new website from the University of Florida and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that tells buyers, consumers, and resource managers about how clams are grown, environmental benefits of the industry, and buying and preparing Florida clams.
microplastics Are microplastics a threat to Florida's coastal waters? Maia McGuire is raising awareness about microplastics in the ocean by training Floridians to detect 'invisible-to-the-eye' plastics in water samples. The data collected will be mapped online to reveal the concentration of microplastic particles visually. Read more in our web story.
spruce creek A centuries-old railroad trestle may be threatening navigation and water quality on Spruce Creek. To find out for sure, a nonprofit of area residents, Spruce Creek Rising, is enlisting the legal research and outreach services provided by Florida Sea Grant. Read more about the project in our web story.
miami waterkeeper biscayne bay water watch Several unprecedented algal blooms have threatened the quality, health and beauty of Biscayne Bay. New efforts are underway to expand Biscayne Bay Water Watch, a citizen's water quality monitoring program, as well as send local officials to "Water School." Read more about the what the money will go toward in our web story.
questions and answers about flood insurance In Florida, it's always a great time to think about insuring property against floods.  A new feature on our website puts you a mouse click way from information to help you understand flood insurance, why it’s important, whether you’re required to have it and how to get it. Visit to start learning!
program highlights video Have a couple minutes? Our all-new Program Highlights video features news about Florida Sea Grant's plan to restore the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery; raising marine fish on land; and projects that are making Florida more resilient to future storms.
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