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Science Serving Florida’s Coast

Florida Sea Grant is a university-based program that supports research, education and extension to conserve coastal resources and enhance economic opportunities for the people of Florida. Extension, education and outreach programs are done in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension and the coastal counties of Florida.

Manatee County is home to one of the state's last true working waterfronts, and our fisheries and marine-related tourism generate substantial economic revenue for our region and for the state of Florida. The Marine and Coastal Extension program provides local businesses and residents with research expertise and relevant, science-based information as related to our coastal resources. 

Areas of Expertise and Service to Manatee County

  • Recreational and commercial fisheries
  • Reef fish ecology
  • Artificial reefs
  • Marine resource regulations and fisheries management
  • Marine science education
  • Shellfish aquaculture

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CONTACT

Angela Collins
Florida Sea Grant
(941) 722-4524 ext. 1826

MARINE AND COASTAL STORIES

The Gulf Shellfish Institute settles in Manatee County

Did you know that the U.S. currently imports over 90% of the seafood we consume? And did you know that aquaculture supplies almost half of that seafood? Commercial production of farmed shellfish is an expanding industry in Florida and has the potential to reduce the seafood trade deficit, create new jobs and revitalize working waterfronts. This has significant economic implications, but also provides some serious ecosystem perks. Florida

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A party with a purpose! Mark your calendars for the 2018 Cortez Fishing Festival

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival February 17th & 18th, 2018 This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival! Every February for almost four decades, people have gathered in one of Florida's last true fishing villages to celebrate the cultural history of the region and honor the men and women who supply us with fresh local seafood on a daily basis. In addition to sampling a plethora of delicious local

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Planning for People and Pisces: Florida Sea Grant supports regional Artificial Reef Workshops

The next Southwest Florida Artificial Reef Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Register Today! Artificial reefs contribute significantly to local economies, providing recreational opportunities for anglers and divers, and generating at least $3.1 billion of economic activity in Florida.1 Artificial reefs are also used as mitigation tools in

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