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Volume 8, Issue 4
October 17, 2018

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2017-18 Florida Sea Grant Program Highlights

2017-18 Florida Sea Grant Program Highlights

Check out our annual Program Highlights, featuring news about how Sea Grant is helping guide coastal waterway plans; photos of our scholarship and fellowship winners; and how our researchers are rethinking adaptation to rising seas.
Dune Restoration Book Cove

Dune Restoration and Enhancement for the Florida Panhandle

Coastal dune systems in the Florida Panhandle are unique. This manual describes dune restoration techniques specific to the region and can assist homeowners with restoration goals, introduce practitioners to required permitting processes, or help contractors with timelines.
why are horseshoe crabs important

Why Are Horseshoe Crabs Important?

Horseshoe crabs are an ancient and unique species that benefit humans as well as the natural world. This brochure explains horseshoe crab spawning habits, biology and research and tagging efforts in Florida.
Castles —and Roads —in the Sand: Do All Roads Lead to a "Taking"?

Castles —and Roads —in the Sand: Do All Roads Lead to a "Taking"?

The law has been slow to acknowledge the unprecedented nature of sea-level rise. In this article, Florida Sea Grant coastal planning specialist Thomas Ruppert examines a critical case that addressed local government liability for coastal erosion damage.
An Example of Drainage Rooftop Infrastructure

Developing a Multi-Scale Modeling System for Resilience Assessment of Green-Grey Drainage Infrastructures under Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise Impact

Multi-scale modeling is required for a complete resilience assessment of stormwater drainage systems. This study developed a model that employs hydroinformatics, climate informatics and geoinformatics to assess drainage system resilience in a coastal watershed.
Managing Property Buyouts

Managing Property Buyouts at the Local Level: Seeking Benefits and Limiting Harms

Buyouts of at-risk properties are a popular resilience tool, especially in response to massive flooding losses in recent years. This article analyzes how communities can participate in buyouts to reduced flood risk, while avoiding negative impacts.
Right Whale Fluke

Factors Influencing Recreational Boaters’ Intentions to Comply with Right Whale Regulations in the Southeastern United States

Boating regulations can reduce adverse effects on threatened marine mammals. This study analyzes factors that influence recreational boaters' intentions to comply with a regulation to protect North Atlantic right whales.
An Example Illustration Diagram of Salty Urbanism

Salty Urbanism: Adaptation Design and Planning Tool for Urban Areas in the Coastal Zone

Using the low-lying seaside neighborhood of North Beach Village as a model, the Salty Urbanism team is working closely with the city of Fort Lauderdale to envision four plausible scenarios by 2016: defend, retreat, adjust or business as usual.
Hurricane Damages Home

Preventive Maintenance of Wood-Framed Buildings for Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane wind damages to wood-framed buildings constitute a major economic loss. This study developed a model to determine the optimal retrofit time of aging components in wood-framed buildings subject to hurricane winds and quantified maintenance cost uncertainty due to wind speed variability.
Aerospace and Energy Harvesting Volume 8 Book Cover

Effect of Piezoelectric Material in Mitigation of Aerodynamic Forces

Getting homeowners to invest in storm-ready retrofits is challenging. This study examines performance of building components to hurricane-force winds, helping insurers better assess risk and potentially apply more aggressive premium reductions that encourage building owners to take more proactive measures.
Climate Dynamics Book Cover

Cascade Impact of Hurricane Movement, Storm Tidal Surge, Sea-Level Rise, and Precipitation Variability on Flood Assessment in a Coastal Watershed

For a thorough flood assessment, both natural and manmade systems must be accounted for due to possible cascade effects. This study demonstrates such cascade effects via an integrated nearshore oceanic and coastal watershed model.
Peat Collapse

Peat Collapse in Coastal Wetlands: An Easy to Understand Dissertation

In the Florida Everglades, peat soils critical to maintaining wetland elevation are collapsing due to rising seas and saltwater intrusion. A Florida Sea Grant funded graduate student explains this phenomenon by translating his dissertation into an online magazine.
Reef Fish in Gulf of Mexico

Indices of Abundance in the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Complex: A Comparative Approach Using Spatial Data from Vessel Monitoring Systems

Abundance indices are an important part of stock assessments. This study compares two methods — spatial averaging of VMS-derived catch and effort data and the result of generalized linear models applied to logbook data for generating indices — to evaluate the use of VMS-derived abundance indices in assessments of reef fish stocks.
Spiny Lobster, Panulirus argus

Examining the Relationship Between Size and Prey Preference in the Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Panulirus argus

Spiny lobsters' selective predation may affect species composition and benthic community structure. Through a series of cafeteria trials, this study investigated feeding preferences, consumption, and size selectivity in different sizes of Panulirus argus.
Reef Fish Management Book Cover

Interspecific Interactions May Influence Reef Fish Management Strategies in the Gulf of Mexico

This study highlights the importance of interactions among different species of marine organisms and the effect that these trophic interactions have on the development of effective, adaptive management strategies for reef fishes in the Gulf of Mexico.
Flourescent Microsphere Figure

Determining Live Prey Preferences of Larval Ornamental Marine Fish Utilizing Fluorescent Microspheres

As popularity of marine ornamental fishes grows, aquaculture may be an alternative to wild capture fisheries. This study evaluated and defined prey preferences at first feeding for several species of interest.
Tampa Coast

Fish Community Composition and Diversity at Restored Estuarine Habitats in Tampa Bay, Florida, United States

A rising population can limit large-scale restoration projects. Using the habitat mosaic approach, which creates distinct habitat types at small spatial scales, may help overcome these limitations. This study applied that approach to create three types of estuarine habitat in Tampa Bay.

Triploid Hard Clams Mercenaria mercenaria Produced by Inhibiting Polar Body I or Polar Body II

By producing two types of triploid hard clams inhibiting polar body I or polar body II with cytochalasin B, this study showed that triploids can be efficiently produced by PB1 or PB2 inhibition.
Atlantic Salmon

A Strategy for Sperm Cryopreservation of Atlantic Salmon, Salmo salar, for Remote Commercial Scale High-Throughput Processing

Sperm cryopreservation is an essential tool for long‐term storage of genetic resources for aquaculture fishes. This study developed an efficient and streamlined protocol for high‐throughput processing for sperm cryopreservation in Atlantic salmon.
biological denitrification in marine aquaculture systems: a multiple electron donor microcosm study

First Report of an Emerging Ulcerative Skin Disease in Invasive Lionfish

An ulcerative skin disease has recently appeared in the invasive lionfish population, and the geographic extent of the disease seems to be expanding. This fact sheet presents initial reports of the chronology, geography and gross pathology of reported observations.
Barotrauma and the Successful Release of Fish Caught in Deep Water

Barotrauma and the Successful Release of Fish Caught in Deep Water

For fish caught in deeper water, part of successful release involves relieving barotrauma in fish whose swim bladders have expanded during their ascent to the surface. This publication provides an overview of barotrauma and barotrauma mitigation methods.
the algae bloom is back, but why

Oil Spill Science in the Gulf of Mexico

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

Production and Performance of Triploid Oysters for Aquaculture

Triploid oysters have become a major component of the oyster aquaculture industry worldwide. This report focuses on basic aspects of triploid oyster aquaculture.
ecological responses of lakes to climate change

Assessment of the Economic Impact Associated with the Recreational Scallop Season in Hernando County, Florida

As recreational scalloping has increased in popularity, resource managers have expressed a need to know how the season impacts local economies. This study identified the origin of scallopers in Hernando County and quantified the economic benefits derived from coastal and waterway access during the season.
Ocean Acidification Photo by NOAA

Ocean Acidification: An Introduction

This publication is the introduction to a series that will address ocean acidification in Florida. It is a general explanation of the changes that are occurring to the chemistry of coastal and oceanic waters because of elevated carbon dioxide levels.
Algae Blooms in Lake Okeechobee

A Response to Frequently Asked Questions about the 2018 Algae Blooms in Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee, and St. Lucie Estuaries

The authors of this fact sheet compiled a list of frequently asked questions posted in Facebook comment feeds regarding the blue-green algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee and nearby estuaries. This fact sheet addresses the questions with scientifically backed evidence and advises when more research is needed.
Seafood HACCP Book Cover

Análisis de Peligros y Puntos Críticos de Control: Programa de Capacitatión ( Edición, 2018)

Esta es la más reciente edición del manual de entrenamiento básico HACCP. La revisión fue ejecutada para asegurar que el manual sea consistente con los requisitos implementados por la regulación HACCP para productos pesqueros de la FDA (21 CFR 123) y por la última edición de la Guía de Peligros y Controles de la FDA. .
Shellfisheries Association Clam Image

National Shellfisheries Association Quarterly Newsletter

The latest edition of this newsletter, edited by Florida Sea Grant agent Leroy Creswell, features current issues and concerns in shellfish research and in the shellfish industry.
Fisheries Research Telemetry

Acoustic Telemetry Array Evolution: From Species- and Project-Specific Designs to Large-Scale, Multispecies, Cooperative Networks

As acoustic tags expire, researchers must decide whether to maintain their receiver stations, adjust them to accommodate a new scope of research, or remove them. This study assessed telemetry data from two projects to determine the configuration of receiver stations most informative for network scale monitoring.
Fisheries Research Telemetry

Proceedings of the 70th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

Every year, fisheries biologists, fishers, and representatives from from Caribbean countries meet to explore how they might further the conservation of marine resources in the region. This publication includes more than 100 research papers that were presented at the 2017 meeting. To request a flash drive of the publication, email
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satelitte imagery of 2018 algae blooms

2018 Algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee Time lapse

This video shows two different kinds of satellite images of Lake Okeechobee taken in June, July, August and September of 2018, each showing time series from when the bloom began to the most recently available image.
Restoration #Aquatalk

Florida #Aquatalk: Restoration Aquaculture

Every Friday during the month of October, or National Seafood Month, we are hosting a live Q&A session on Facebook about aquaculture in Florida. Watch this recorded session from October 5 about restoration aquaculture with UF/IFAS Extension Florida Sea Grant agent Vincent Encomio.
Offshore #Aquatalk Infographic

Florida #Aquatalk: Offshore Aquaculture

On October 12, Florida Sea Grant researcher Neil Anthony Sims joined us live from Hawaii to discuss offshore aquaculture. Watch the recorded session here.
How to broadcast your zoom webinar on Facebook

Using PowerPoint to Create Social Media Content

Looking for ways to jazz up your social media content and blog posts? One of the easiest is to incorporate more movement and animation is using Microsoft PowerPoint. This webinar shows you how.

On the Web

florida sea grant fostering responsible aquaculture

Florida Sea Grant: Fostering Responsible Aquaculture

For National Seafood Month, the UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant aquaculture team has launched a campaign to showcase the diverse array of aquaculture sectors in Florida. The campaign includes shareable infographics and Facebook Live Q & A sessions with experts.
florida sea grant fostering responsible aquaculture

Florida Sea Grant Receives $1 Million in NOAA Funds to Support State's Aquaculture Research

As part of a 2018 Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative to support the advancement of aquaculture in the U.S., two Florida Sea Grant researchers have been awarded more than $1 million by NOAA Sea Grant for projects in both fish and shellfish farming. Read more in our web story.
the algae bloom is back, but why

Watching and Waiting: Uncertainty About When Algae Blooms Will End

Since the beginning of the summer, blue-green algae blooms have made unwelcome appearances in Lake Okeechobee and nearby estuaries. Florida Sea Grant director Karl Havens has been maintaining a blog post as new information become available.
One Guy Harvey Harvey Scholar

Meet the 2018 Guy Harvey Scholars

Eight graduate students at universities in Florida have received Guy Harvey scholarship awards, recognizing their outstanding achievement in marine fisheries science research. Read about this year's scholars in our web story.
GIS Workshop

Upcoming GIS Workshop: December 17-20, 2018

Florida Sea Grant, UF/IFAS and Golder Associates, Inc. invite you to register for this premier 3.5-day intensive workshop on ArcGIS 10.5, a powerful tool for managing natural resources and guiding growth and development processes.
Don Sweat Award

Verlinde Wins Don Sweat Sea Grant Extension Award

Florida Sea Grant agent Chris Verlinde has been awarded the 2018 Don Sweat Sea Grant Extension Award. The award is presented annually to an agent who takes initiative, creativity and leadership in his or her extension program. Read more in our web story.
Vincent Encomio

Vincent Encomio Named Sea Grant Agent for Martin and St. Lucie Counties

Vincent Encomio, a former director of scientific research at the Florida Oceanographic Society, has been named the Florida Sea Grant agent with UF/IFAS Extension in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Read more about Vincent in our web story.
Vincent Encomio

Gulf-wide Sea Grant Team Receives National Award for Oil Spill Science Outreach Efforts

Monica Wilson, Florida Sea Grant’s Gulf oil spill research Extension specialist is a member of the team recently awarded the National Sea Grant College Program’s highest Extension honor. Read more in our web story.

Extension Newsletters

A number of our current Extension faculty newsletters are online. Bookmark these sites for future reference: View the Florida Sea Grant Publications Page.
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