Sea Grant

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.

We are a partnership between the Florida Board of Education, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Florida’s citizens and governments. Our extension, education and outreach programs are done in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension and coastal counties of Florida.

We tap into the research expertise of more than 800 coastal and ocean scientists at the state’s 16 major universities and research laboratories, and we are an integral part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida, one of the nation’s leading Land Grant universities. Our 20 extension agents live and work in coastal communities. They have a breadth of experiences and tremendous trust from their local residents as reliable sources of science-based information. Our seven statewide extension specialists lead highly relevant programs including seafood safety, boating and waterway management, coastal conservation law, aquaculture and fisheries management.

Our vision and mission

Florida Sea Grant envisions a future where people use our coastal and marine resources in ways that capture the economic and social benefits they offer, while preserving their quality and abundance for future generations.

Florida Sea Grant’s mission is to support integrated research, education and extension to conserve coastal resources and enhance economic opportunities for the people of Florida.


New Artificial Reefs for Bay County

Originally published in the Panama City News Herald Scott Jackson UF/IFAS Extension Bay County / Florida Sea Grant In the past month, Bay County worked with fishing and diving groups as well as numerous volunteers to deploy two artificial reef...

Salt in our Yards and Landscapes

Originally printed in the News Herald by L Scott Jackson, Florida Sea Grant UF/IFAS Extension Bay County When is too much salt an issue in our yards and landscapes? Hurricanes can create some confounding and unusual circumstances...

Hurricane Michael Assistance for Charterboat Operators and Crews

The following information was provided by Captain Bob Zales II, President National Association of Charterboat Operators. A lot has changed since Hurricane Michael hit our area in October. Recovery progress is being made as we continue to see...