Oystermen Take Note: New Small Vessel Discharge Permit Affecting All Commercial Vessels Under 79 Foot Length

For many years commercial vessels less than 79 feet were exempt from the Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements to have a permit for vessel discharges incidental to normal operations. In other words, potential waste streams from vessels related to things like fuel management, engine and oil control, solid and liquid waste management, deck washdown, hull …

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Harvesting Safer Oysters – “From Bay to Table”

Oysters on the half shell ready to eat! Photo Courtesy of Florida Sea Grant Making oysters a healthy and sustainable seafood choice is the goal of oystermen and seafood dealers across the nation and the state of Florida. New education programs for the oyster industry went into effect January 1, 2014 and were implemented by …

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Lions in the Gulf… Tigers in the Bay

This catchy phrase coined by Robert Turpin (Escambia County Marine Resources Division) describes the new invader to our marine waters. Many coastal residents are aware of the invasive lionfish that has invaded our local reefs but few have probably heard of the Asian Tiger Shrimp. This member of the penaid shrimp family, the same family …

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Dr. Jack Payne’s Personal Comment: A land-grant president for UF

By Jack Payne The selection of Dr. W. Kent Fuchs (pronounced “Fox”) as the next president of the University of Florida should be cause for celebration for anyone who cares about Florida agriculture and natural resources. I’ll confess, I had some initial apprehension about whether an electrical engineer would be properly attuned to the importance …

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Bamboo: Attractive Ornamental or Invasive Nightmare?

Golden bamboo quickly establishes in an areas and pushes out all other plants. Bamboo, the tallest grass in north Florida, can be an attractive landscape specimen or an invasive nightmare. There are more than 700 species of bamboo worldwide, ranging in height from 12 inches to 100 feet or more in ideal growing conditions. In …

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Florida’s Wildlife Conservations Policy for Predicted Coastal Habitat Loss Problems

“Within the past five years, nine of the 14 villages in Nunavik in northernmost Quebec have had to install cooling systems at community ice hockey arenas to keep the rinks cold during winter.“- The Arctic in the Anthropocene: Emerging Research Questions Have you wondered how Florida’s wildlife conservation policy planners and habitat managers are responding …

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Enjoy delicious stone crab claws now through May, 2015.

Gulf Stone Crab Photo credit FWC The commercial and recreation stone crab season has opened! Now is the time to enjoy local stone crab claws. Whether you catch them yourself or buy from a local seafood market, the delicious meat is worth the effort and cost. There are 2 species of stone crab found along …

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Meet Franklin County’s 2014 Outstanding Farm Family

The Ward Family of Apalachicola Florida has been selected by the Franklin County Extension Office and recognized through the North Florida Fair’s Outstanding Farm Family Program for the 2014 year. This long-standing program seeks to recognize the importance of agriculture and the families that work in agriculture to the North Florida area. Although Franklin County …

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Sunbelt Ag Expo – 10/13/14 – Setup Day LIVE Feed

Local county agents are working hard to set up at the Sunbelt Ag Expo. You can watch our live feed below! Author: John Wells – johnrwells@ufl.edu John Wells is the IT Expert for the NW District. Panhandle Outdoors

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Fall Season Can Mean More Snake Encounters

In the last few weeks we have received an increase in calls about snake encounters. Most of these have dealt with small juvenile snakes folks are finding on their property, or in their homes, but we are also hearing about large ones. Corn snakes are excellent climbers and consume a lot of rodents.Photo: Nick Baldwin …

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