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Volume 7, Issue 1
January 13, 2017

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Publications

Program Highlights

Florida Sea Grant Program Highlights

Check out our annual Program Highlights, featuring news and photos from across the state in full color. You'll find a feature on how Sea Grant is teaching citizens to monitor water quality; photos of our scholarship and fellowship winners; and how Florida Sea Grant researchers are planning for sea-level rise.
Lionfish Removal Efforts

Controlling Invasives: Sea Grant Research Provides Insight Into Lionfish Removal Efforts

What's the best way to control the spread of the invasive lionfish? Sea Grant research across five state programs has been trying to answer this question. This report summarizes results from three lionfish studies conducted in South Florida, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico.
brevard county save our indian river lagoon fact sheet series

Save Our Indian River Lagoon Fact Sheet Series (Brevard County)

Brevard County residents recently approved a 1/2-cent sales tax to fund the Brevard County Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan. Sea Grant agents Holly Abeels and Lisa Krimsky provide these four summaries about different aspects of the plan.
Native Grouper Indirectly Ameliorates the Negative Effects of Invasive Lionfish

Native Grouper Indirectly Ameliorates the Negative Effects of Invasive Lionfish

New evidence provided by former Guy Harvey scholar Robert Ellis shows that the presence of adult red grouper in their favorite hangouts around Florida Bay tends to curb a lionfish’s voracious appetite, while improving the neighborhood’s richness and diversity of marine life.

Oil Spill Science in the Gulf of Mexico

Oil Spill Science in the Gulf of Mexico

Extension specialists with the Sea Grant oil spill science outreach program have produced new titles about oil spill science in the Gulf of Mexico.

Evaluation of staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis, Lamarck 1816) production techniques in an ocean-based nursery with consideration of coral genotype

Evaluation of staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis, Lamarck 1816) production techniques in an ocean-based nursery with consideration of coral genotype

Staghorn coral has declined severely throughout the Caribbean since the early 1980s. Now the species is widely cultured using a variety of methods, but the effects of these methods is not well understood. This study compared growth, condition and survivorship between two tree and block grow-out methods.
Food Safety Impacts from Post Harvest Processing Procedures of Molluscan Shellfish

Food Safety Impacts from Post-Harvest Processing Procedures of Molluscan Shellfish

Post-harvest processing methods like thermal processing, freezing and irradiation are used to reduce pathogens in shellfish intended for the half-shell market, but the effectiveness of these methods varies. Florida Sea Grant seafood specialist George Baker discusses considerations associated with each.
A Complex Relationship Between Freshwater Discharge and Oyster Fishery Catch Per Unit Effort in Apalachicola Bay, Florida: an Evaluation from 1960-2013

A Complex Relationship Between Freshwater Discharge and Oyster Fishery Catch Per Unit Effort in Apalachicola Bay, Florida: an Evaluation from 1960-2013

Freshwater input is a critical factor influencing estuaries. In this study, findings of a key 1992 paper on Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery data and Apalachicola River discharge data from 1960 to 1984 were recreated. The analysis was extended to 2013 to evaluate whether relationships previously reported between river discharge and oyster fishery catch per unit effort persist.
A Kinematic Investigation into the Feeding Behavior of the Goliath Grouper Epinephelus itajara

A Kinematic Investigation into the Feeding Behavior of the Goliath Grouper Epinephelus itajara

Until protection in 1990, the Goliath grouper suffered overfishing in the U.S. As the population recovers, angler complaints of the grouper preying on hooked fish have increased. In this report, Sea Grant agent Angela Collins analyzes Goliath grouper feeding habits and capture methods, which vary based on prey types such as tethered swimming fish or cut dead bait.
Improving, Restoring, and Managing Natural Resources on Rural Properties in Florida: Sources of Financial Assistance

Improving, Restoring, and Managing Natural Resources on Rural Properties in Florida: Sources of Financial Assistance

Interested in conserving natural resources, such as wildlife habitat, or protecting the agricultural heritage of your land? Federal and state governments have several programs that provide technical and financial assistance to help landowners achieve desired goals. Read this publication to learn more.
Using a Gulf of Mexico Atlantis Model to Evaluate Ecological Indicators for Sensitivity to Fishing Mortality and Robustness to Observation Error

Using a Gulf of Mexico Atlantis Model to Evaluate Ecological Indicators for Sensitivity to Fishing Mortality and Robustness to Observation Error

The implementation of ecosystem-based fisheries management has become a central need in the Gulf of Mexico as ecotourism and aquaculture expand. This report provides a formal evaluation of 25 ecological indicators highlighted by the Southeast Fisheries Science Center's IEA Program as useful for tracking ecosystem components in the Gulf of Mexico.
A Spatial Model to Improve Site Selection for Seagrass Restoration in Shallow Boating Environments

A Spatial Model to Improve Site Selection for Seagrass Restoration in Shallow Boating Environments

Due to widespread and continuing loss of ecologically important seagrass beds, restoration attempts occur worldwide. This article presents a geospatial modeling technique that ranks the suitability of sites for restoration based on light availability and boating activity, two factors cited in studies of seagrass loss and restoration failures.
Maternal Transfer and Sublethal Immune System Defects of Brevetoxin Exposure in Nesting Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) from Western Florida

Maternal Transfer and Sublethal Immune System Defects of Brevetoxin Exposure in Nesting Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) from Western Florida

Blooms of Karenia brevis, or red tides, occur almost annually in the Gulf of Mexico. The health effects of brevetoxins produced by red tides on sea turtles are poorly understood. Previous studies have focused on dead or stranded turtles; this study investigates the effects of brevetoxins on healthy, nesting turtles using competitive ELISA.
Expansion of the Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) Network Throughout the Caribbean

Expansion of the Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) Network Throughout the Caribbean

The NOAA Coral Reef Early Warning System began more than 15 years ago to monitor coral reef areas of critical concern. This article, presented at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, outlines how the new collaboration between NOAA and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre has resulted in the expansion of the network to various Caribbean islands.
Expansion of the Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) Network Throughout the Caribbean

Offshore Recreational Boating Characterization in the Southeast U.S.

Recreational boaters in the southeast U.S. often pose risks to offshore populations of the endangered North Atlantic right whale. This report documents results of a map-based survey given to more than 5,000 offshore boaters in Florida and Georgia as a means of obtaining insights for better management of public access and safety while reducing adverse effects of encounters between right whales and humans.
Expansion of the Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) Network Throughout the Caribbean

Juvenile Fish of Northwest Florida

This sturdy and colorful identification guide to juvenile fishes is a must have for beachcombers, naturalists and educators. The small, ring-bound book includes full-color photographs along with information about fish range, habitat, key identifying features, and FWC catch regulations. Purchase for only $12 at the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore.
If you would like to order copies of the print publications listed above, e-mail info@flseagrant.org. Single copies are free; pricing for multiple copies available upon request.

On the Web

Meet the 2017 John A. Knauss Fellows

Meet the 2017 John A. Knauss Fellows

Two 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.
Ana Zangroniz Named New Sea Grant Agent for Miami-Dade County

Ana Zangroniz Named New Sea Grant Agent for Miami-Dade County

Ana Zangroniz, who previously worked for the FDEP’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, has been named the Florida Sea Grant agent with UF/IFAS Extension for Miami-Dade County. She will be developing programs related to coastal resiliency, water access and responsible use of marine and coastal resources. Read our web story to learn more.
Panhandle Sea Grant Agents Receive Grant to Protect Sea Turtles

Panhandle Sea Grant Agents Receive Grant to Protect Sea Turtles

Three Florida Sea Grant agents have received a half-million dollar grant from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment to mitigate the impacts of artificial lighting on sea turtles. The group will work with beachfront property owners to expand the dark-sky area along important sea turtle nesting beaches. Read our web story to learn more.
Goliath Grouper Online Learning and Reporting Portal

Goliath Grouper Online Learning and Reporting Portal

The Goliath grouper, a historically depleted species, is now making an impressive comeback. However, these predators can steal hooked fish off an angler's line which has led to controversy regarding proper management of the species. This web portal showcases information about this species and highlights the challenges related to its management.
Florida Sea Grant Announces Biennial Research Funding Opportunity

Florida Sea Grant Announces Biennial Research Funding Opportunity

Have a great research idea? We are now accepting statements of interest for two-year applied research grants. The competition is open to any principal investigator in Florida who has expertise in the specific area of proposed research, and has worked with a specific industry or agency partner that makes use of a research product to address some coastal or ocean issue. Read our web story to learn more.
Upcoming GIS Workshop: May 1-4, 2017

Registration Now Open for May 1-4 GIS Workshop

Florida Sea Grant and the University of Florida IFAS Extension invite you to register for a premier 3.5-day intensive workshop on ArcGIS 10.3.1, a powerful tool for managing natural resources and guiding growth and development processes. Read our web story to learn more about the workshop.

Extension Newsletters

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