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Volume 6, Issue 3
July 27, 2016

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

Welcome to this digest of print and online content from faculty, staff and researchers at Florida Sea Grant.
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New Publications begin here
scalloping brochures Introducing a new addition to our scalloping series -- Hernando County -- and that means we've got Florida's Big Bend region nearly covered with our guides to Recreational Harvesting of the Florida Bay Scallop. Check out these full-color guides to Florida's best summertime catch.
barotrauma mitigation

How do fishermen use techniques like venting and recompression to counter barotrauma in reef fish? Awareness, Knowledge and Perceptions of Barotrauma and Barotrauma Mitigation: A survey of Florida Anglers summarizes a statewide survey by Florida Sea Grant extension faculty to better understand angler preference for descending tools and education methods.

shallow lakes and climate change Shallow lakes, particularly those in low-lying areas of the subtropics, are highly vulnerable
to changes in climate associated with global warming. In the journal Water, Sea Grant Director Karl Havens investigates how three shallow lakes will react to warmer temperatures. Extreme Weather Events and Climate Variability Provide a Lens to How Shallow Lakes May Respond to Climate Change.
 importance of gulf of mexico marine dependent industries Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas rely on the Gulf of Mexico for fishing, seafood processing, tourism and other marine industries. The Importance of Gulf of Mexico Marine Dependent Industries and Measuring Sea Grant Programming Benefits on those Industries examines the economic importance of these industries and how Sea Grant programs contribute to them.
 adopting floridas conceptual approach to large-scale habitat restoration Following the BP oil spill settlement, communities up and down Florida's Gulf Coast have been given the opportunity to "think big" as they consider investing in their offshore, nearshore and shoreline habitats. In Thinking Big and Going Long: Adapting Florida's Conceptual Approach to Large-Scale, Long-Term Habitat Restoration, Florida Sea Grant legal specialist Tom Ankersen discusses in detail the permitting issues surrounding long-term restoration projects.
 5th grade sea turtle curriculum Teachers! Are you looking for a new, free, downloadable curriculum to get your students excited about the natural world around them? Check out Florida Sea Grant Agent Maia McGuire's new 5th Grade Sea Turtle Curriculum. The curriculum consists of a book, One in a Thousand: Those Amazing Sea Turtles, with lesson plans to accompany each of the ten chapters.
 mititgating cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms in aquatic ecosystems In a world of increased population and climate change, the global expansion of cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms is a major challenge facing researchers and resource managers. Mitigating cyanobacteral harmful algal blooms in aquatic ecosystems impacted by climate change and other anthropogenic nutrients examines current mitigation strategies and potential adaptation options.
Effects of climate variability on cladoceran zooplankton and cyanobacteria in a shallow subtropical lake The body size of zooplankton has many substantive effects on the function of aquatic food webs. In the Florida peninsula, rainfall affects the average depth of shallow lakes, which can also affect the size of zooplankton. Effects of climate variability on cladoceran zooplankton and cyanobacteria in a shallow subtropical lake provides insight into how variability of rainfall caused by climate change could affect plankton in shallow lakes.
The First Global Integrated Marine Assessment fish stock propogation Fish stock propagation, more commonly known as fisheries enhancement, involves the use of aquaculture to enhance or restore fisheries in natural ecosystems. Florida Sea Grant's fisheries specialist Kai Lorenzen explains the ins and outs of fisheries stock enhancement in a book chapter from The First Global Integrated Marine Assessment, published by the United Nations.
Toward a new paradigm for growth modeling in fisheries stock assessments Modeling of body growth forms is an essential part of many fisheries stock assessments. Traditionally, growth is assumed as constant, or time-invariant in stock assessments. Toward a new paradigm for growth modeling in fisheries stock assessments takes a closer look at fish growth in response to environmental conditions, such as temperature and light availability in hopes to conduct more accurate stock assessments.
Differential responses of nitrifying archaea and bacteria to methylene blue toxicity Methylene blue is a compound used to treat disease in the ornamental fish aquaculture industry, but it may impair the ability of nitrifying bacteria to break down organic waste in the fish tank. In Differential responses of nitrifying archaea and bacteria to methylene blue toxicity, researchers determine susceptibility factors. (requires subscription)
New items on the web begin here
improving water access coastal partership initiative Florida Sea Grant is conducting rapid-response research to learn more about the fluorescent green algae that has bloomed in Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie Estuary since early summer, in hopes of improving the ability of water resource managers and researchers to understand future events.
improving water access coastal partership initiative Florida Sea Grant has partnered with the Florida DEP's Coastal Management Program to fund the completion of seven Coastal Partnership Initiative projects around the state that will immediately benefit access to the coast in their communities. Read more in our web story.
aylesworth foundation scholarship Since 1986, the Aylesworth Foundation for the Advancement of Marine Science, supported by Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, has awarded scholarships to Florida students studying the marine environment. President Bobby Aylesworth talks about the industry and philanthropy in our web story and video.
seagrass savanna barry

Florida ranks among the nation’s top three boating states. However, boaters may pose a risk to the fragile seagrass meadows that lie along Florida’s coast. This web feature describes how Florida Sea Grant agent Savanna Barry leads an initiative to teach boaters about the importance of seagrass in the Nature Coast counties.

meet the 2016 guy harvey scholars

Eight graduate students at universities in Florida have received Guy Harvey Scholarship Awards recognizing their outstanding achievement in marine science research. This year’s research projects range from developing new tools for resource monitoring programs to investigating predator-prey relationships between dolphins and sharks.

hannah brown nature coast biological station

Hannah Brown, a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, has been named the 2016 Nature Coast Biological Station/Florida Sea Grant Scholar. Her research looks at oyster restoration projects along the Gulf Coast and how various stakeholders involved in those projects communicate and network. Read more in our web story.

the science of better living: water Through its partnership with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Florida Sea Grant is works to help Florida meet its water demand for today, tomorrow and for years to come.  You might say we've got 'Better' down to a science. Share the story, The Science of Better Living: Water.
from Cedar Key to your stomach Take a trip with Florida Sea Grant summer intern Saige Raymond, as he explores one of Florida’s most hidden wonders. The short video, From Cedar Key to Your Stomach peeks into the small town of Cedar Key, highlighting the fishing village’s nature and cuisine.
amy polen skoch scholar Amy Polen, a senior at Palm Beach Central High School, wins the 2016 Skoch Scholarship for her high school science project about the effect of warming waters on mussel populations. She investigated whether easily-available enzymes would be able to control the spread of invasives like zebra mussels in New England, or green-lipped mussels in Florida.
brittany hall-scharf Brittany Hall-Scharf, a former fisheries biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Research Institute, has been named the Florida Sea Grant agent with UF/IFAS Extension for Hernando County. Read more about her background and future plans in our web story.
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