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Volume 7, Issue 2
April 7, 2017

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From the Director

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A Special Message from the Director of Florida Sea Grant

In response to proposed budget cuts that would end the National Sea Grant College Program, Florida Sea Grant director Karl Havens explains how you can help support the program if you value the work we do.

Publications

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Florida Sea Grant: Where Innovation Meets Impact

Check out our latest feature magazine, with stories about how Florida Sea Grant extension agents and researchers help communities and businesses address issues affecting their economic prosperity and sustainability.
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Oysters for the Future

This new series on oyster ecology, Oysters of the Future, highlights key factors important to the long-term sustainability of this valuable fishery.
A Sense of the 4th National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium

A Sense of the 4th National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium

Eight key themes emerged from attendees at the 2015 National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium. Details on sessions and presenters are provided in the body of the report.
Co-Management of FAD Fisheries: A Socio-Economic Analysis of Offshore Fishers residing on CARIFCO Member Islands

Co-Management of FAD Fisheries: A Socio-Economic Analysis of Offshore Fishers Residing on CARIFICO Member Islands

A survey of fishers on participating Caribbean islands reveals insights into their livelihoods and factors that influence their decisions to set and maintain fish aggregating devices.
An assessment of post-release mortality for a commonly discarded deep-sea isopod ( Bathynomus giganteus ) using reflex impairment

An Assessment of Post-Release Mortality for a Commonly Discarded Deep-Sea Isopod (Bathynomus giganteus) Using Reflex Impairment

Unknown estimates of post-release mortality rates for bycatch add to uncertainty when estimating total fishery mortality. Using novel techniques, this study determined post-release mortality rates for the deep-sea giant isopod Bathynomus giganteus, a common bycatch species in deepwater fisheries worldwide.

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.
Got Guts? The Iconic Streams of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Law’s Ephemeral Edge

Got Guts? The Iconic Streams of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Law's Ephemeral Edge

The legal status of "guts," or the ephemeral streams of the U.S. Virgin Islands that typically only flow after rainfall is uncertain. This report looks at proprietary, regulatory and management policy options for their management and protection.
The Summer 2016 Cyanobacteria Bloom in Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie Estuary: Linkage with Weather and Water Management

The Summer 2016 Cyanobacteria Bloom in Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie Estuary: Linkage with Weather and Water Management

Florida Sea Grant director Karl Havens explains the 2016 massive bloom of toxic cyanobacteria in Lake Okeechobee, and provides perspective about whether it is necessary and feasible to control these events. Article begins on page 4.
Relationships between angling effort and fish abundance in recreational marine fisheries

Relationships Between Angling Effort and Fish Abundance in Recreational Marine Fisheries

Florida Sea Grant fisheries specialists look closely at the relationship between angling effort and fish abundance for three popular species --snook, drum and spotted seatrout--and learn the link may not be so direct.
On the sustainability of inland fisheries: Finding a future for the forgotten

On the Sustainability of Inland Fisheries: Finding a Future for the Forgotten

Inland fisheries are not often a national or regional governance priority and as a result, inland capture fisheries are undervalued and largely overlooked. This report gives three recommendations to be taken if inland land fisheries are to become part of the food-water-energy discussion.
 Feeding Larval Gulf Killifish: Total Replacement of Artemia Nauplii and Co-Feeding from Hatch

Feeding Larval Gulf Killifish: Total Replacement of Artemia Nauplii and Co-Feeding from Hatch

The Gulf killifish is common baitfish in the Gulf of Mexico, but a challenge to culture. This study evaluates improvements in commercially-available diets that could replace dependence on live feeds.
Coral reef conservation strategies for everyone

Coral Reef Conservation Strategies for Everyone

Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. This article outlines some of the major threats to coral reefs and the strategies that everyone can use to protect these ecosystems for years to come.
use of dna metabarcoding for stomach content analysis in the invasive lionfish pterois volitans

Use of DNA metabarcoding for stomach content analysis in the invasive lionfish Pterois volitans

The gut contents of the invasive lionfish can help scientists figure out what native prey species are most at risk. This study better identifies the lionfish diet by using next-generation DNA metabarcoding instead of traditional methods.
using airlifts to collect and concentrate copepod nauplii

Awareness, Knowledge, and Perceptions of Barotrauma and Barotrauma Mitigation: A Survey of Florida Anglers

This annotated report summarizes a statewide survey by Florida Sea Grant extension faculty to better understand angler preference for descending tools and education methods for catch-and-release fishing.
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Videos

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Florida Sea Grant Program Highlights

Have a couple minutes? Our all-new Program Highlights video features news about Florida Sea Grant's citizen scientist water quality monitoring program; how researchers are responding to sea-level rise; and new legislation expected to help increase the efficiency of clam farming.
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Sponges: The Keys to the Keys

Prior to the 1990s, the Florida Keys sponge community was a lively underwater city for fish and invertebrates. But, major algae blooms caused mass sponge die-offs. Now, Florida Sea Grant researchers are working to restore the lost sponge habitat and bring the Florida Bay ecosystem back to life. Watch this video to learn more.

On the Web

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Meet the 2017 Florida Sea Grant Scholars

Five students from Florida universities have each received $2,000 from the Florida Sea Grant Scholars program to support their research in timely and innovative ocean and coastal-related studies. Read more in our web story.
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Victor Blanco Named Sea Grant Agent for Taylor County

Victor Blanco, a former Latin American senior adviser for Hinicio, a European strategic consulting firm focused on energy and transport, has been named the Florida Sea Grant agent with UF/IFAS Extension for Taylor County. Read our web story to learn more.
be seagrass safe website

Be Seagrass Safe Website

Seagrass scarring from boat propellers is preventable. This new website, created by Sea Grant agent Joy Hazell, explains how boaters can enjoy their time on the water without harming these sensitive habitats.
Laura Tiu: explore Turkey Creek Nature Park

Laura Tiu: Explore Turkey Creek Nature Park

Laura Tiu, Florida Sea Grant agent in Okaloosa and Walton counties, encourages Panhandle residents in the Niceville, Fla. area to explore the Turkey Creek conservation area. Read the web story she wrote for the Crestview Bulletin to learn more about the park.

Extension Newsletters

A number of our current Extension faculty newsletters are online. Bookmark these sites for future reference:
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