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Volume 6, Issue 1
January 22, 2016

"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
oil spill droplet and water droplet that represents oil spill outreach publications Extension specialists with the Sea Grant oil spill science outreach program in the Gulf of Mexico produce a variety of publications and workshops sharing emerging oil spill science with decision makers and communities. These are their latest bulletins.
rapid and highly variable warming of lakes climate change Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a study announced at the AGU fall conference. Florida Sea Grant director Karl Havens was one of the authors of the study, which spans six continents. Read: Rapid and highly variable warming of lake surface waters around the globe.
a boating and angling guide to biscayne bay This updated version of A Boating and Angling Guide to Biscayne Bay, produced in partnership with FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, shows the coastal waters of Miami-Dade County from Dumfoundling Bay to Old Rhodes Key/Key Largo. Print copies are available by emailing
 vibrio in florida Infections from the common saltwater bacteria Vibrio have been in the news recently. Could you be at risk? Find out what's true, what's false and what's misleading in Frequently Asked Questions about Vibrio in Florida, a comprehensive fact sheet giving fishermen and beachgoers advice on how to stay safe while in the water.  
coral reef decision support tools The decline in coral reef health presents a complex management issue. Decision tools for coral reef managers: Using participatory decision support to integrate potential climate impacts and informed decision making identifies types of information resource managers will need to make better ecosystem management decisions.
sea-level rise Tampa Bay The highly-developed Tampa Bay region is especially vulnerable to the potential effects of sea-level rise. Recommended Projection of Sea-Level Rise in the Tampa Bay Region, written in part by Florida Sea Grant agent Libby Carnahan, gives local governments information to coordinate, develop and implement coastal adaptation strategies.
boating waterways and rights of navigation in florida Boating, Waterways and the Rights of Navigation in Florida analyzes the federal, state, and local government laws associated with navigating the state's waterways. Previous editions focused on anchoring; this edition has been expanded to broadly address all aspects of waterborne navigation.
hogfish reproduction Scientists are getting a better handle on the reproductive potential of Florida’s hogfish stocks. In Variations in reproductive potential between nearshore and offshore spawning contingents of hogfish in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Sea Grant’s Angela Collins investigates hogfish reproductive potential by evaluating spawning seasonality, spawning frequency and batch fecundity.
harmful algal blooms lakes climate change Freshwater lakes are experiencing an unprecedented proliferation of harmful algal blooms and climate change is part of the problem. In an article that appeared in the North American Lake Management Society's LakeLine magazine, titled Controlling Harmful Cyanobacteria Blooms in the Face of Climate Change, Sea Grant's Karl Havens and colleagues discuss mitigation options for lake resource managers. The article is available to members at
67 proceedings of the gulf and caribbean fisheries institute The papers of more than 300 fisheries biologists, students, scientists, and representatives from Caribbean countries attending the 2015 Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute annual conference are compiled in these 67th Proceedings of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. Themes include building networks of people and habitats to further the conservation of marine resources and fisheries throughout the region.
New items on the web begin here
jim cantonis sponge fishery In a new Florida Sea Grant YouTube video, Jim Cantonis, president of Acme Sponge and Chamois of Tarpon Springs, says Florida Sea Grant contributes to the company’s success by conducting research in the biology of marine sponges that helps ensure the sustainability of the commercial fishery. Watch the video and read the full interview in our web story.
IFAS Science of Better living video Through its partnership with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Florida Sea Grant works directly with Florida residents and visitors to make their lives better every day. You might say we've got 'Better' down to a science. Share the story, The Science of Better Living, new on YouTube.
knauss fellows Three graduate students at Florida universities have received the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, recognizing their outstanding achievement in marine and coastal policy research. Read our web story to learn more about the fellows and what they plan to accomplish in the nation's capital over the next year.
pink gold rush Southwest Florida fishing families and their traditions have left an indelible stamp on Florida’s cultural heritage. Joy Hazell, Florida Sea Grant agent with UF/IFAS Extension in Lee County, partnered with the area’s PBS affiliate, WGCU, to help produce two films documenting the history of local seafood and the cultured tied to it. Read more in our web story.
savanna barry Savanna Barry has been named the Florida Sea Grant agent with UF/IFAS Extension for Florida's Nature Coast area. In her position, she will be implementing programs that promote the sustainable use of natural resources from Wakulla County to Hernando County. Read more about Barry in our web story.
uf/ifas oyster reef restoration UF/IFAS researchers are working to rebuild the oyster reefs in the Big Bend area of Florida, a project supported with Florida Sea Grant and NOAA funds. They've discovered that these reefs could act as a leak dam for the fresh water flowing into this area. Check out the YouTube video, UF/IFAS Research Oyster Reef Resoration to learn more.
Sunray venus clams are being developed in Cedar Key to support the clam aquaculture industry
The clam aquaculture industry has helped strengthen the economy and preserve a way of life in Cedar Key. Florida Sea Grant funds innovative research and extension to support the industry. Watch the Cedar Key story, captured in the University of Florida's 'Gator Good' campaign.
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