Monthly Archives: November 2012
Florida Sea Grant recently completed a study designed to provide Charlotte County with a planning instrument that specifies the type, quantity, and location of public shore access and boating facilities needed to meet anticipated demand through 2050 while minimizing environmental impacts on sensitive marine habitat. The full report, Planning for the Future of Recreational Boating Access to Charlotte County Waterways 2010-2050, TP-186, will soon be available from Florida Sea Grant, flseagrant.org.
The project consisted of the following tasks (1) inventory of existing boat registrations, boat docks, ramps, and marina facilities; (2) assessment of the future need for boat docks, ramps, and marina facilities; (3) identification of suitable locations in the county for ramp, marina, and mooring facilities; (4) evaluation of Charlotte County’s compliance with Florida’s working waterfront legislation; (5) outlining the development of a Charlotte County manatee protection plan; and (6) updating the 1996 Marine Use Regulatory Study for Charlotte County (Tupper and Antonini 1996).
These are some of the findings from the study:
Join Florida Sea Grant Extension and FWC Law Enforcement for our annual SW Florida Marine Fisheries Regulations and Management Workshop Wed January 16th from 9AM-12:30PM at the North Collier Regional Park in Naples. For program details and to register for this FREE workshop click on the image below.
USF/ Florida Sea Grant sponsored workshop
St. Petersburg, FL
Wednesday, December 5th
Want to know what kind of fish is in your sandwich? So do many consumers. A recent study reported that over half the fish in the markets of South Florida is mislabeled. The University of South Florida College of Marine Science Microbiology Group has developed an innovative tool to identify the DNA sequence of Grouper Fillets and verify their authenticity. This tool has many applications for wholesalers, fish markets, and restaurants.