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Volume 6, Issue 4
October 21, 2016

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Living on the Edge

Florida Trend Report: Living on The Edge

Most of Florida's 20 million residents live in coastal counties. This concentration of people, activities and economies contributes almost $562 billion to the state's economy annually. Read our latest report in Florida Trend to see how Florida Sea Grant provides the best science to balance the growth of local economies while protecting the coastal environment.
Sea Grant Aquaculture Vision

10-Year NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Vision

The National Sea Grant College Program will likely be investing between $50 million and $100 million in aquaculture research over the next 10 years. This report outlines Sea Grant's role in prioritizing research strategies that lead to sustainable economic development and environmental conservation while also working to expand the nation's aquaculture industry.
Lake Species

Preventing Escape of Non-Native Species from Aquaculture Facilities in Florida- A Four-Part Series

Aquaculture is an important and diverse segment of the agricultural economy in Florida. Many industry segments, particularly ornamental aquaculture, culture and trade in non-native species. This four-part series explains the best practices for preventing the escape of non-native species from aquaculture facilities.

Part 1: General Considerations and Regulations
Part 2: Facility Evaluation Strategies
Part 3: Structural Strategies
Part 4: Operational Strategies
Conserve Waterbirds

Conserve Nature Coast Waterbirds

Have you ever seen a beautiful bird while cruising along in your boat or kayak? While it's ok to admire birds from afar, getting too close can spook them and cause them to abandon their nests, leaving their eggs and chicks vulnerable to heat and predators. This brochure offers tips to conserve the many seabirds, shorebirds and wading birds nesting along the Nature Coast of Florida.
Algal bloom in lake

Natural Climate Variability Can Influence Cyanobacteria Blooms in Florida Lakes and Reservoirs

Many of Florida's lakes experience unpleasant algae blooms during the warm summer months. Most of these blooms are caused by a certain type of phytoplankton called cyanobacteria, also referred to as blue-green algae. In this publication, Florida Sea Grant Director Karl Havens explains how natural variation in weather and climate can affect how often these blooms occur and how intense they will be.
Recreational fishing

Planning for Recreational Waterway Access in Rural Coastal Settings

Overcrowding at beaches and boat ramps leads more Floridians and tourists to move their day on the water to a quiet rural community. However, many of these rural communities lack resources to plan for infrastructure, such as new boat ramps, to accommodate the influx of visitors. This case study provides insight into how Taylor County analyzed its water access needs and leveraged funds to build new boat ramps.
Organic farmer

Seizing the 'Organic' Moment: Cuba's Agricultural Crossroads and Certified Organic Export Potential

Cuba will soon need to decide whether to maintain its present organic agricultural identity.  Cuba would like to remain a world leader in environmentally friendly agricultural practices, while satisfying the nutritional needs of its people without having to rely on food supplies from other nations. In this article, Florida Sea Grant's legal specialist Tom Ankersen outlines reasons why Cuba should maintain its organic farming practices.
N&P Tango

It Takes Two to Tango: When and Where Dual Nutrient (N & P) Reductions Are Needed to Protect Lakes and Downstream Ecosystems

Reducing the amount of phosphorous entering lakes and ecosystems has been one way to prevent harmful algal blooms. However, experiments have shown that harmful algal blooms are more often caused by the presence of combined nitrogen and phosphorous. In this article, Florida Sea Grant director Karl Havens explains how controlling both of these nutrients will help reduce harmful algae blooms in some lakes and also reduce nitrogen movement downstream to sensitive ecosystems.
Transactions of the AFS

Ontogenetic and Long-Term Diet Shifts of a Generalist Juvenile Predatory Fish in an Urban Estuary Undergoing Dramatic Changes in Habitat Availability

In recent decades, there has been a rapid decline in seagrass coverage due to the development of coastal areas worldwide. Within Tampa Bay, seagrass coverage and water quality underwent a decline followed by a recovery over the past three decades. This article examines the diets of juvenile Spotted Seatrout Cynoscion nebulosus, a common estuarine predator, to assess whether documented changes in water quality and habitat were reflected in their diet.

American Fisheries Society Symposium Summary: Cooperative Fisheries Research in Marine and Freshwater Systems

Were you able to attend the American Fisheries Society Symposium this year? If not, Florida Sea Grant agent Angela Collins, provides a summary of the symposium that deals with cooperative research between scientists and stakeholders. She notes a common thread throughout the symposium was that maximum impacts and successes were dependent upon stakeholders who could “champion” research efforts. More about this topic to come at AFS 147 in Tampa next year.
Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

Intraspecific Variation in Phenotype Among Nursery-Reared Staghorn Coral Acropora cervicornis

Although genetic diversity is recognized as an important consideration for coral restoration, genotypes for use in restoration are not typically selected based on an evaluation of phenotype. This article, written by Florida Sea Grant restoration aquaculture specialist Josh Patterson, explains how systematic documentation of phenotypic variability within coral nurseries could inform restoration efforts.
North American Journal of Aquaculture

Evaluation of Substrate Properties for Settlement of Caribbean Staghorn Coral Acropora cervicornis Larvae in a Land-Based System

Stony coral culture is mostly produced by asexual reproduction through fragmentation. In corals grown for reef restoration, techniques for sexual propagation offer the potential to increase genetic diversity of species for which this is a concern. In this article, Florida Sea Grant restoration aquaculture specialist Josh Patterson discusses experimental results to help develop reliable aquaculture techniques for sexual propogation of Caribbean Acropora in land-based systems.
68th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Proceedings

68th Proceedings of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

In November 2015, more than 350 fisheries biologists, students, scientists, managers and fishers from Caribbean countries met in Ciudad de Panamá to explore how they might build networks of people, institutions, and protected areas to further the conservation of marine resources, habitats, and fisheries throughout the region. This publication outlines major outcomes of the sessions and includes more than 100 research papers that were presented.
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Seafood HACCP Instructional Models

These instructional models are a useful tool for teaching development of a HACCP plan, helping QA/QC coordinators understand the basic principles of HACCP by going through the process of developing their own seafood hazard analysis and plan. Models are new or revised, and work in tandem with the FDA Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance 4th Edition, 2011.


Reversing a Rapid Decline in Oyster Reefs: Effects of Durable Substrate on Oyster Populations, Elevations, and Aquatic Bird Community Composition

Offshore oyster reefs in the Big Bend coast of Florida have declined by 88 percent during the last 30 years, due to predation and disease during high salinity periods, driven by periods of reduced freshwater input to estuaries. The die offs have lead to the loss of shell substrate, which appears to be nonreversible because oyster spat cannot colonize on sandy bottom. This publication explores the possibility of using a durable hard substrate, such as limerock cobbles and recycled aquaculture bags to rebuild oyster reefs. (requires subscription)

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On the Web

Scallop Ceviche

Fifty for Fifty: Seafood Recipes to Celebrate Sea Grant's 50th

For 50 years, the National Sea Grant College Program has supported research and outreach that promotes the sustainability of all sectors of the seafood industry. Along the way, each program has shared ways to select and prepare catches of fish, seafood and shellfish. Here’s a collection of seafood recipes from around the Sea Grant network, including the Great Lakes. Enjoy!

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Mullet: A Tale of Two Fish

Are you a Florida history buff? Do you love seafood? Watch this captivating documentary which chronicles the long and storied history of Florida's most under-appreciated fish, including its importance as a food source for Native Americans, Spanish explorers and early Florida pioneers, as well as the rise and fall of Florida's commercial mullet fishing industry in the 20th century.

10 Beautiful Marine Organisms That Just Don't Get Enough Love

We think that charismatic megafauna like dolphins, sea turtles and whales get an unfair advantage in the media. But frankly, we’re tired of hearing about the “popular kids” of the sea. What about the organisms that do the hard work? The ones that might be a little camera shy, but are vital to the health of our oceans and coasts. Help the National Sea Grant College Program celebrate its 50th Anniversary by showing some love for the underappreciated critters and plants of the sea.
Armando J. Ubeda

Ubeda Named Sea Grant Agent for Sarasota County

Armando J. Ubeda, a former program manager for the environmental organization LightHawk, has been named the Florida Sea Grant agent with UF/IFAS Extension for Sarasota County, located on the Florida peninsula midway between Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor. Read our web story to learn more about Ubeda and his areas of focus.
White House to Recognize Sea Grant Researcher as Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood

White House to Recognize Sea Grant Researcher as Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood

On Oct. 7, the White House recognized 12 people from across the country as “White House Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood.” One of those individuals is Florida Sea Grant-funded researcher Kevan Main, senior scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory. Read our web story to learn more about the award and Main's innovative work in aquaculture.

Sea Grant Researcher

Sea Grant Researcher Helps Communities Plan for Sea-Level Rise

Sea-level rise is a growing threat to the homes and businesses in coastal cities around the state. In response to this problem, Jason Evans, a professor at Stetson University and a Florida Sea Grant-funded researcher, is finding ways for local governments in several cities to best adapt to sea-level rise. Evans is mapping how vulnerable public facilities such as stormwater drainage systems, fire stations and wastewater treatment plants are to rising seas. Learn more about Evans' work in our web story.

Extension Newsletters

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