In this Issue:
  • Nature Notes – The Blue Crab
  • Florida’s Water Quality Woes
  • ACF Water War Update: US Supreme Court Rules on Florida v. Georgia
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Mercury and Public Health
  • Wild Versus Farmed
  • Meanwhile, Back at the Oyster Ranch…
  • So What’s Good with Local Seafood?
  • The Status of Commercial Fishing and Aquaculture in the U.S. and Florida
  • Say it Ain’t So: Important Apalachicola River Water Dispute Ruling Goes Against Florida
  • Thanksgiving and the Sea…
  • Seafood

    Nature Notes – The Blue Crab

    Most kids who grew up on the Gulf Coast grew up catching blue crabs. These animals are common along our shorelines, relatively easy to catch, and adventurous because they may bite you.  I caught my first one in 1965 and we proudly displayed the boiled shell over the kitchen bar for many years.  This is …

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    Florida’s Water Quality Woes

    Being in the panhandle of Florida you may, or may not, have heard about the water quality issues hindering the southern part of the state. Water discharged from Lake Okeechobee is full of nutrients.  These nutrients are coming from agriculture, unmaintained septic tanks, and developed landscaping – among other things.  The discharges that head east …

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    ACF Water War Update: US Supreme Court Rules on Florida v. Georgia

    If you have not seen the news yet, the US Supreme Court provided a ruling on June 27, 2018 regarding the decades-long conflict between Florida and Georgia over water use in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint tri-state river basin. Guess what; the battle continues. Following the previous findings of the court-appointed Special Master and his recommendation to deny …

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    Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Mercury and Public Health

    Shrimp, oysters, blue crab and fish have been harvested from the Pensacola Bay System (PBS) for decades, although there has been a decline in all in recent years. Annual landings (in pounds) have ranged from Fish                        66,000 – 4,600,000   (most are scaienids) Brown shrimp    43,000 – 906,000 Oysters                0 – 492,000 Blue crab             400 – …

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    Wild Versus Farmed

    I have been involved in the aquaculture industry since the late 1980’s when I got my first job out of college on a tropical fish farm in Plant City, FL. As you can imagine, the industry has changed a lot since then.  When folks find out I have worked in aquaculture, the same question seems …

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    Meanwhile, Back at the Oyster Ranch…

    Photo: Erik Lovestrand There are a number of parallels than can be drawn between shellfish farming and traditional forms of agriculture that take place on the land. The most obvious similarities are the amount of hard work, grit and faith that are required of the farmer on land or sea. In spite of this there …

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    So What’s Good with Local Seafood?

    Actually, if you like seafood – it’s all good! However, not everyone does and sometimes when this question is asked they are interested in not how it taste but where the seafood came from.   In recent years, there has been a move across the country to learn more about where their food comes from. …

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    The Status of Commercial Fishing and Aquaculture in the U.S. and Florida

    ARTICLE WRITTEN BY DR. CHARLES ADAMS, FLORIDA SEA GRANT   The demand for seafood in the US continues to grow. This growth is a function of a number of factors, including the increased awareness of the healthful attributes of many finfish and shellfish products, the increased availability of several key imported, cultured species (shrimp, tilapia, …

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    Say it Ain’t So: Important Apalachicola River Water Dispute Ruling Goes Against Florida

    In his 137-page report to the U.S. Supreme Court published on Valentine’s Day, a Special Master appointed to oversee the case has stated, “Because Florida has not met its burden, I recommend that the court deny Florida’s request for relief.” This may not be the final word on the matter but it does sound like …

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    Thanksgiving and the Sea…

    I was trying to think of a topic that could connect Thanksgiving and our marine environment. Like many others, when I think of Thanksgiving images of Pilgrims and native Americans come to mind.  There is the turkey – and I wrote about “turkey fish” (another name for lionfish) last year.  So I continued to think.  …

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